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Fire Safety


Fire is one of the most likely emergencies to occur in a building. Everyone should be familiar with fire response procedures and know the sound of the fire alarm. In the event the fire alarm activates:

  • Leave the building and close doors on your way out.
  • Do not use the elevator.
  • Meet for a head count at a pre-determined location at least 200 feet away from the building.
  • Do not re-enter the building until the fire department or police makes the all-clear announcement.
  • For information on conducting a fire drill, contact Scott Adams at 901-448-5619.

For information on evacuations, assembly points, etc., refer to your Building Emergency Action Plan (BEAP) or contact Campus Safety at 901-448-1334.

Fire Extinguisher Use

The university has approximately 2,000 portable fire extinguishers on campus. The vast majority are effective against all three major classes of fires. Never attempt to use a fire extinguisher in situations where your safety could be endangered.

RACE is an acronym you can remember during a fire emergency:

  • Rescue/remove anyone in immediate danger.
  • Activate the manual fire alarm,
  • Confine the fire (close the door).
  • Extinguish small controllable fires/or evacuate. 

PASS is a simple acronym you can remember to use an extinguisher:

  • Pull and remove the pin located at the top of the extinguisher.
  • Aim the discharge nozzle at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the top handle of the extinguisher. The extinguishing agent will flow from the nozzle at this point.
  • Sweep the discharge from side to side across the fire.

You can get training for fire extinguisher use by contacting Campus Safety.

Fire Safety Log

The US Department of Education requires each institution of higher education to keep a log of fires that occur in residential occupancies, such as dorms and fraternities. False alarms are not included in the tally. The UTHSC fire safety log is updated within 48 hours of a fire. There is currently only one fraternity and no residences on UTHSC Campus.

May 26, 2022