Building occupants are required by law to evacuate a building when the fire alarm sounds.
P - PULL safety pin from handle.
A - AIM nozzle at base of fire.
S - SQUEEZE the trigger handle.
S - SWEEP from side to side
Remember acronym: R-A-C-E
Rescue anyone (including yourself) who is in immediate danger from the fire. Remove these people to the closest safe area, simultaneously notifying other building occupants to evacuate the area.
Use the stairs. Do not use elevators.
Sound the fire alarm by pulling the nearest fire alarm pull station and dialing 9-1-1.
Confine the fire by closing all doors and windows in and around the fire area. This will help prevent the spread of smoke and fire. Shut off appliances and other equipment. Leave lights on.
Extinguish the fire by using a portable fire extinguisher only if safe to do so.
In the event of a wildland fire, emergency responders may advise the campus to shelter in place or to evacuate.
If the campus is advised to shelter in place, air quality may be an issue, especially for those with health conditions.
If first responders order an evacuation, campus officials will employ the campus evacuation plan as referenced above. Directions for evacuation will be communicated via the emergency notification system, campus web site and campus social media accounts.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) maintains a log of all current and recent wild land fire incidents statewide. Major fires will usually have an incident-specific page created and linked to from this page.
Air Quality During a Fire
Smoke can have a dangerous effect on air quality during a wildland fire, especially for individuals with health concerns. Review the Fires, Air Quality and Your Health bulletin for response techniques and resources for monitoring air quality.
Specific smoke advisories during wildfires are issued by the San Diego Air Pollution Control District and can be found on the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District page if available.
General information about the health effects of wildland smoke can be found in the following documents: