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    • Immediately activate the building's fire alarm system.
    • Evacuate the building unless otherwise notified.
    • Call 911 from any campus phone or call 911 AND Public Safety (218.477.2449) from a cell phone or from off campus.

    If you discover a fire:

    • Manually activate the building's fire alarm system.
    • Immediately evacuate the building, closing doors and windows behind you.
    • Check the doors with the back of your hand before opening; if hot move to alternative exit.
    • Persons operating equipment that poses a hazard if left unattended should, if all possible, shut down the equipment prior to evacuating.
    • Locate those persons with special needs, and provide assistance if possible. Assist those with mobility impairments to the nearest Area of Safe Rescue. Provide their location to emergency responders.
    • Report to your building's Designated Assembly Area and be accounted for.
    • DO NOT re-enter the building until the fire department has cleared the scene.

    If caught in smoke:

    • Do not breathe the smoke!
    • Drop to your knees and crawl to the closest safe exit.
    • Breathe through your nose, and use a shirt or towel to breathe through, if possible.

    If trapped in a building:

    • Close all doors and windows.
    • Wet and place cloth material around and under the door to prevent smoke from entering.
    • Attempt to signal people outside of the building. Call for help using a telephone or cell phone.

    Fire Extinguisher Use

    • Report the fire first (Call 911 from any campus phone or call 911 AND Public Safety (218-477-2449) from a cell phone or off campus).
    • Use a fire extinguisher only if you have been trained to do so. Improper use of an extinguisher can increase the hazard.
    • If you have any doubt of your ability to fight the fire, exit immediately.
    • If you decide to use a fire extinguisher, place yourself between the fire and your exit from the area.
    • To use the fire extinguisher, follow the PASS method.
      • Pull the pin. This will break the tamper seal if one is provided.
      • Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle (or the horn or hose) at the base of the fire.
      • Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
      • Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until the fire is out. Watch the area. If the fire re-ignites, repeat the steps above.