Fire Safety


  • Keep an ABC extinguisher at home, and learn how to use it.
  • Know where the closest extinguishers and pull stations are located in the areas you frequent on campus.


First, feel the door with the back of your hand.

If warm:

  • Wedge a wet towel or cloth item at the base of the door and on air vents.
  • Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire, and stay near the floor.
  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Wave a piece of cloth (e.g. sweater, jacket) out the window to notify rescuers of your location. If there is no window, tap on the wall at regular intervals to alert rescue crews.

If normal temperature:

  • Open the door slowly.
  • Leave and close the door behind you.
  • Stay close to the ground, if there is smoke.
  • Evacuate and convene at your designated Evacuation Zone. DO NOT use the elevators.
  • When safe to do so, always help those who need assistance.

Fire or Smoke in your Immediate Vicinity

  • Only if it is safe, should you try to put out the fire yourself using a fire extinguisher.
  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station, if safe to do so.
  • If smoke is present, evacuate by crawling to the nearest exit. DO NOT use elevators.
  • Close the door as you leave to contain the fire (if applicable).
  • When safe to do so, always help those who need assistance.

    Once Outside the Building

    • Report to the designated evacuation zone, and position yourself at least 50 feet away from the affected building(s).
    • Check in and stay with your Building Captain, Emergency Response Team member, Resident Assistant or Resident Director.
    • DO NOT re-enter the building until you are authorized to do so by the Los Angeles Fire Department or LMU Public Safety.

      Report all fires, regardless of size, and any fire extinguisher that has been used to Campus Safety.