Section 7.0 - Fire and Building Evacuation Instructions

All employees should familiarize themselves with the location of stairs and emergency exits within the buildings in which they work.  In addition, they should learn the locations of the fire extinguishers in the building and learn how to operate these extinguishers.  Below are the standard procedures for use in case of fire and standard emergency evacuation instructions which are applicable to most campus classroom and administrative buildings which do not have more than two floors. If the building in which you work has special building evacuation procedures, you should study these in advance of any emergency. 


  1. If you discover a fire in a building, activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.  If no fire alarm is available, immediately notify occupants of the building to evacuate the building.
  2. Telephone the Lamar University Police by dialing 8311 on any campus telephone.  Tell the dispatcher the location and nature of the fire.  The dispatcher will call the Beaumont Fire Department on their special direct line, and dispatch all available police and maintenance units to assist in evacuation of the building.
  3. If the fire has not spread from its point of origin, attempt to extinguish the fire using fire extinguishers.  However, "Safety of Life" is the primary concern.
  4. Do not attempt to extinguish a fire in a laboratory or a chemical fire unless you know what chemicals are involved and have been trained in the correct procedures and types of extinguishers to be used for fighting such fires.  "Safety of Life" remains the primary concern.
  5. Do not reenter an evacuated building until you have been advised that it is safe to do so.


If you have knowledge of what chemicals are present at the location of a fire, or of other hazards in the vicinity of a fire, tell a Lamar University police officer or fire department personnel on the scene, and remain available to give further assistance if needed.


 (For use in one- and two-story Campus buildings without special evacuation plans)

Upon receipt of emergency instructions to evacuate the building, or upon the sounding of the Fire Alarm, all persons shall: 

  1. Walk to the nearest usable exit, and exit the building.
  2. If on the second floor, walk to the nearest stairwell.  If the door to the stairwell is hot, or smoke or other hazardous condition is encountered or visible, proceed to an alternate stairwell.  Walk down the stairs and exit the building.  DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.  They may lose electrical power and trap you, or may automatically open into a fire or other hazardous situation.
  3. If you have information about persons in the building who may need assistance, or about hazardous conditions existing in the building, report to a Lamar University police officer, Fire Department personnel or other emergency coordinator on the scene.
  4. Proceed well clear of the building and, if the problem is localized and not campus-wide, assemble in the nearest parking lot or other open space so that a roll may be taken to determine if anyone known to have been in the building is not accounted for.
  5. The designated areas for rescue assistance for persons with disabilities or serious injuries are the stairwells of the building.  Stairwells at ends of the building should be used preferentially over others.  Provide all possible assistance to persons with disabilities to reach the designated rescue assistance areas.  Do not attempt to carry such persons down the stairs.  Inform a Lamar University police officer or Fire Department personnel on the scene of the location and number of persons needing rescue.


  1. All persons leaving the building should close as many doors as possible and especially hallway and stairwell doors, as they evacuate the building.
  2. Personnel leaving laboratory or other areas where hazardous materials and/or conditions exist should, if circumstances permit, shut off all gas burners, shut down electrical equipment and otherwise render the area non-hazardous. However, "Safety of Life" is to be the primary concern.