Fire
Fire
If a Minor Fire Appears Controllable:
  • IMMEDIATELY contact the University Police Department at 713-525-3888.
  • If the fire is small enough to fight without endangering life, and if you have been trained, use a fire extinguisher appropriately.
  • Promptly direct the charge of the fire extinguisher toward the base of the flame.

The University Police Department will determine when it is safe to proceed with regular activity.

If a Large Fire Appears Uncontrollable:

  • IMMEDIATELY call 9-1-1.
  • If possible, have someone else call the University Police Department at 713-525-3888.
  • Pull closest fire alarm before exiting.
  • Evacuate the building – leave by the nearest exit.
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • For special assistance, see the section “People Requiring Special Assistance.”

Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by a University official.

If Trapped Inside a Building with a Fire:

  • Call 9-1-1, then the University Police Department at 713-525-3888.
  • Place an article of clothing outside of the window, if possible.
  • Use the back of your hand to feel the closed door. Do not open if it is hot. If you cannot leave, use a wet cloth to seal cracks under the door and cover air vents.
  • Stay close to the floor, where the air is less toxic. Hold your breath as often as possible and take shallow breaths through your nose. Use a filter to breathe into, such as a towel or shirt.
  • If possible, move to a stairwell to wait for emergency personnel.
  • Shout at regular intervals for help.
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