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Fire Drills

Fire drills are conducted in accordance with all applicable codes and are required to ensure that occupants of university buildings are knowledgeable of evacuation procedures and escape routes from their living and work spaces.


Residential Life 

Fire drills are conducted twice a year in all residence halls within the first 14 days of the start of each semester. All residents must leave the building when the drill begins. If residents do not evacuate in a reasonable amount of time, the drill is repeated until the Environmental Health and Safety personnel are satisfied with the required time to evacuate. All repeat drills will be unannounced.


University Buildings

Fire drills for all other campus buildings will be conducted as required by code or written request by the building's occupants.


Fire Alarm Procedures

  • When a fire alarm sounds, leave the building immediately. Do not assume it is a false alarm or an alarm test (unless a test has been announced). All fire alarms should be treated as if they are real until told otherwise by the Stillwater Fire Department, OSU Police Department or Environmental Health and Safety personnel.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Close all doors to help control or prevent the spread of fire and smoke.
  • Help others who may require additional assistance if it can be done safely.
  • Move to designated assembly areas to ensure all occupants have exited the building and notify emergency personnel if anyone in need of assistance is still inside the building.

All building occupants must remain out of the building until directed to reoccupy the building by the Stillwater Fire Department, OSU Police Department or EHS personnel.


Useful Information

OSHA Evacuation Plans and Procedures eTool

EHS Example Evacuation Sign


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