Evacuate immediately if you hear a fire or carbon monoxide alarm in your building, house, office, or classroom. 

If you see or hear a fire, explosion, or smoke in a building, activate the nearest fire alarm and proceed to evacuate the building. If you are unable to evacuate, shelter-in-place in a safe location away from the fire.


  • Evacuate the building immediately using the closest emergency exit.
    • Do not use elevators.
    • Emergency exit signs help guide you out of the building; the closest emergency exit may not be the way you entered the building. 
    • Close doors behind you as you leave rooms/hallways.
  • If smoke or heat is heavy, find another exit route.
    • If you are surrounded by smoke, get low and crawl under the smoke.
  • As you exit, warn others about the fire and tell them to evacuate.
  • If you are unable to evacuate, find the closest exit stairwell or safe location away from the incident.
    • Call 911 or UMPD (413-545-2121) to report your location.
    • Do not assume emergency personnel know where you are located; ALWAYS call to report your location within the building.
  • If you are trained, consider using a fire extinguisher.
    • This is only recommended if the fire is small and contained, and the room is not filled with smoke. 
  • When you get out of the building, move to your designated evacuation assembly area.
    • Once you are in a safe location, call 911 or UMPD (413-545-2121) if emergency personnel are not on the scene.
      • If you have information regarding the location of the fire or smoke, report to onsite emergency personnel

Emergency personnel will know when the risk has been contained and it is safe to reenter the building.