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Fire, Explosion or Smoke Emergencies

1. Upon discovering a fire, explosion or smoke in a building, activate the fire alarm system. Find a red pull station located on a wall and pull down its lever.

2. After sounding the alarm, call 911.


  • Your location on Hood College campus and the building name/address
  • Your name and phone number
  • Type of incident
  • Floor
  • Room number

3. If you are trained to do so, after sounding the alarm you may attempt to contain a small fire (smaller than 6 feet) by using available fire extinguishers. If the fire is beyond control or involves potentially explosive materials, evacuate the building.

4. When a fire alarm sounds, complete evacuation is required. Follow the direction of Campus Safety personnel and staff who are directing the evacuation. It is important to evacuate away from the entrances to the building that responders will need to use to gain access.

5. If there is a disabled or injured person in your area, assist the individual to the nearest stairwell. Immediately contact 911 with the person's location.

6. Do not use the elevators during a fire, explosion or smoke emergency.

7. Someone familiar with the situation and who knows the area involved should meet the fire and police departments, and give specifics. Notify police and/or firefighters on the scene if you suspect someone may be trapped inside the building.

8. Report potential hazards or fire prevention questions to the Department of Campus Safety and Security.

Operating Fire Extinguishers

1. Never enter a room that is smoke filled.

2. Before opening doors check to ensure it is not hot to the touch. If hot do not open. If warm open slowly to check room or hallway conditions.

3. Portable fire extinguishers can be used for small fires. However, this is at the operator’s discretion and an immediate readiness to evacuate is essential.

4. Never use water on an electrical or flammable liquid fire. Use a dry chemical or carbon dioxide extinguisher only.

5. When using a dry chemical extinguisher on a flammable liquid fire, stay back a minimum of 10 feet from the fire.

6. Start at the leading edge of the fire and use a side to side sweeping motion to extinguish the fire.


  • Pull the pin
  • Aim at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the discharge handle
  • Sweep from side to side