Fire emergency action

What to do if you discover a fire:

Shout out

  • Do not attempt to extinguish fires unless you have received training.
  • Raise the alarm verbally: evacuate and break the glass on a red call point on your way out. 

Get out

  • Evacuate immediately when you hear the alarm, even if you are unsure the alarm applies to you. Do not finish tasks, collect items or lock doors.
  • Visitors and students you are teaching are your responsibility, ensure they evacuate. Fire exit sign
  • Follow green running figure and arrow signs to shortest exit route. Emergency lighting is in place over final exits and larger escape routes. If your escape route is blocked turn around and follow signs in another direction.
  • Do not run it can cause panic and injury.
  • Close doors behind you to slow the spread of fire and smoke, and to help protect others. Do not lock doors unless a high-security risk.
  • Aid persons that may require assistance with evacuation, this could be persons with mobility, cognitive or other reasons, they generally have prepared escape plans which you can help them with if safe to do so.
  • Report information to Security staff on areas or people affected by smoke or fire, or those missing or who have failed to evacuate.
  • If you cannot escape the area get as far away from the fire as you can, preferably on a lower floor or in a protected staircase. Contact Security staff using the emergency numbers for your locationemergency numbers for your locationemergency numbers for your location. These are also displayed on emergency notices.

Stay out 

  • Some of our buildings have flashing red lights to indicate a fire. Never enter an area with red flashing lights.
  • Keep away from the exterior doors, the Fire and Rescue Service may need access and you may block the exit.
  • Do not enter if the alarm stops sounding, it may be silenced for the Fire and Rescue Service. Wait until Security staff have instructed you that the building is safe to re-enter. Please re-enter the building in a staged and orderly fashion.

Protecting your safety, the safety of your colleagues and the Security team is paramount in a fire. Failure to evacuate, or tampering with fire alarms and fire safety equipment, puts lives at risk and can result in disciplinary action for the offender.

Disabled persons

If you have a permanent or temporary disability that may mean you have difficulty in evacuating one or more areas, you can arrange to have a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP)Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP)Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) put in place.


Emergency fire and first aid notices are available in the following languages:

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Fire Safety Officers
Telephone: 01206 874847