• Locate fire alarm pull stations and fire extinguishers near your place of work or study.
  • Identify your escape routes should you need to evacuate your place of work or study. Also identify your Emergency Assembly Points.
  • Examine your place of work or study for potential fire hazards (extension cords, flammable materials and chemicals, etc.)


If you find a fire:

  • Remove persons in immediate danger. Do not use elevators.
  • Activate alarms by pulling a fire station, activating Code Red (DUHS), and dialing 911.
  • Close doors and windows if possible.
  • Extinguish the fire using a fire extinguisher if possible and you are comfortable doing so.

If you hear a fire alarm:

  • Evacuate the building immediately. Do not use elevators.
  • Convene at the designated Emergency Assembly Points.
  • Attempt to account for everyone who was in the building.


  • Understand that it may take the fire department and the fire marshal some time to clear a building and determine the exact cause of the fire.
  • Do not re-enter the building until cleared to do so by the fire department or Duke Police.
  • Dispose of damaged supplies and equipment and work with FMD (University) or E&O (Health System) to repair affected spaces.

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