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. If 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.
  • Assist disabled persons, they generally have prepared escape plans which you can help them with.
  • Report information to Patrol/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. Most rooms provide protection for at least an hour, staircase enclosures two hours. Contact Patrol/Security staff using the emergency numbers for your location emergency numbers for your location emergency numbers for your location emergency 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 Service may need access and you may block the exit. Wait at the assembly point.
  • Do not enter when alarm stops, it may be silenced for the Fire Service. Wait for Patrol/Security staff or for flashing red light to stop.

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: