Fire Safety


UNTHSC Fire Safety Manual – 2022


Depending on a building’s established occupancy fire drills are to be conducted at least once per year. These drills are an important component of campus safety as they familiarize our community with the audio and visual alarms as well as refresh our memory on where to evacuate from the floor and muster once out of the building. Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic we cannot safely conduct these fire drills without greatly increasing exposure risks as social distancing is not possible. Until we can safely conduct normal fire drills we will be highlighting at least one of our buildings every month in a virtual fire drill to raise awareness for our community on how to safely evacuate in an emergency. At the beginning of each month an email will go out to the HSC community highlighting our selected building(s) for that month and providing a link to this page. Below staff can find floor maps detailing each floor of our selected building(s) for the month. These maps will clearly show points of egress and safety equipment locations so occupants can refamiliarize themselves with their environment.

May’s Virtual Fire Drill of the Month is MET!

Please click on the links below to access this buildings floor maps:

Medical Education and Training – MET

Emergency Assembly Areas

Cada segundo cuenta: ¡Plan de 2 salidas!™ 

Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!™

Fire and Smoke Emergencies

  • If you detect smoke and/or fire:
  • Activate the manual fire alarm
  • Initiate evacuation procedures for any occupants of the affected building(s)
  • Call 911
  • Give your name, telephone number, and location.
  • Describe the situation.

If the Fire Alarm Warning Sounds

  • Immediately initiate evacuation procedures.
  • Assist disabled persons in your area.
  • Feel all doors with your hand before opening. If the door is hot, do not open it. If the door is cool, open it slowly, keeping behind the door in case you have to quickly close it to protect yourself from oncoming smoke or fire.
  • Proceed to the ground level and outdoors.
  • Go to your designated assembly area (if possible).
  • Do not go to your automobile or attempt to move it from the parking lot. This could hinder access by emergency vehicles.
  • Do not congregate near building exits, driveways, or roadways.
  • Do not reenter the building until an “all clear” is issued.

Building Evacuation Emergency

All occupants should know the emergency evacuation routes and procedures for the building, and their designated assembly area outside the building. Memorize the exit route closest to your work area or office.

If a Building Evacuation is initiated:

  • Remain calm.
  • If you occupy an enclosed office, close the door as you leave.
  • Use stairwells (do not use elevator) for evacuation.
  • Do not return to your area until the “all clear” signal is given.


Building Evacuation and Severe Weather Refuge Areas.

UNTHSC provides building specific floor plans with pre-identified Severe Weather Refuge Areas, floor-plans indicating Emergency Exits and an Emergency Assembly Area map that indicates on campus designated areas to assemble outdoors during an evacuation. Click on the links provided, log in with your EUID and password, then click on the link(s) of interest for a copy of the plan.

Fire Extinguisher Safety

UNTHSC is required by NFPA 1 to equip all facilities with fire extinguishers at appropriate intervals. It is important for occupants to remember UNTHSC does not expect our staff and students to become fire firefighters in an emergency. If a fire breaks out the most important thing to do is 1) Verbally warn and get everyone out of the space, 2) close the door if possible, 3) call 911. However, if a small fire does break out and you can get to the extinguisher quickly and know how to use one it is appropriate to attempt to put out the fire. Below is a link to a quick training video on how to use a extinguisher using the PASS method and the different types extinguishers. Please note for our campus all of the extinguishers are  type ABC which are good for ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids, and energized electrical equipment.