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  1. Know the location of fire extinguishers in your area and how to use them. Training information is available through OPS at (309) 298-1949.
  2. With a minor fire that appears controllable, contact OPS at 911 from a campus phone or (309) 298-1949 from a cellular phone. Direct the charge of the fire extinguisher toward the base of the flame.
  3. If necessary or if directed by OPS, activate the building alarm.
  4. On large fires that do not appear controllable, contact OPS. Evacuate all affected rooms closing all doors to confine the fire and reduce oxygen. Do NOT lock doors.
  5. When the building evacuation alarm is sounded or when told to leave by OPS, leave through the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same.
  6. If individuals cannot exit the building using the stairs, they should proceed to an Area of Safe Refuge to await further assistance.
  7. Do not use elevators during a fire.
  8. Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire. So, stay near the floor where air will be more breathable.
  9. If you become trapped in a building during a fire and a window is available, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) outside the window as a marker for emergency personnel. Call OPS at 911 on a campus phone or (309) 298-1949 on a cellular phone. Shout at regular intervals to alert emergency personnel to your location.
  10. Once outside, move to a clear area away from the affected building. Keep the streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. If requested, assist OPS.
  11. Do not return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by OPS.