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General procedures for all Libraries. 

  • When staff member discovers a fire or when a fire is reported, pull the nearest fire alarm. 
  • Call the UMPD at 911 (or #3333 if using a cell phone) so the Fire Department can be notified. Assign a staff member to wait at agreed upon location to direct Fire Department to location of problem. 
  • Floor marshals should evacuate their assigned areas and the library, but do not take any undue risks.  
  • Keep people clear of elevators.
  • Patrons needing or requesting special assistance will be aided by a floor marshal.
  • A floor marshal will flash lights on all floors to alert deaf staff and patrons that there is an emergency situation.
  • Wheelchair users and mobility impaired individuals who need assistance on ground floors will be aided by a floor marshal in exiting the building. Wheelchair users on upper level floors will be guided to designated ventilated areas (marked by a blue "Area of Rescue Assistance" sign), told where they are being left and assured that emergency personnel will be informed of their current location.
  • Keep people calm and moving towards the nearest emergency exits. The goal is to get people out of the library. Do not worry about checking bags for library materials. If a patron refuses or is unable to leave the building, floor marshal should report location of patron to person in charge so the police or fire department can deal with the situation once they are in the building. 
  • Floor marshals will assist with crowd control and to move people away from the building. 
  • Person in charge waits at front exit until marshals report that building is clear. When permitted to reenter the building, staff will be called into the building first before patrons are allowed to enter. To facilitate staff re-entry, staff should gather in a pre-determined location. 
  • Note incident in the Log Book. 

Note: Staff members are not expected to use a fire extinguisher. A staff member should only attempt to extinguish a fire if the fire is small, if he/she is trained in the use of a fire extinguisher and confident that one extinguisher will put out the fire, there is an exit behind the staff for escape, and the fire department has been called. Do not put yourself at risk. 

In McKeldin:

Floor and Unit Marshals on the first floor in McKeldin will flash lights on all floors to alert deaf staff and patrons that there is an emergency situation and will be responsible for the evacuation of their assigned floors.

The doors between the east and west wings in McKeldin will automatically close when the fire alarm is sounding. These doors will stay closed until the alarm system has been reset.

Because elevators are inoperable, stairwells must be used to exit McKeldin during a fire evacuation. The exhaust fans in the stairwells turn on automatically and fresh air is pumped in for exiting library users, library staff and wheelchair users waiting for assistance from emergency personnel.

Helping Wheelchair users during a fire in McKeldin.

On the first floor in McKeldin, people with wheelchairs or other significant mobility impairments should be assisted to the wing opposite from the fire and then evacuated.

On upper floors in McKeldin, people with wheelchairs or other significant mobility impairments should be assisted to the wing opposite from the fire and then left in a designated ventilated stairwell where they will be met and transported by emergency personnel.(Note: Do not attempt to use the elevators. They will be inoperable.)

Let the wheelchair user know which stairwell they are located in and assure them that you are reporting their location to emergency workers. (Do not attempt to move a wheelchair down the stairs. Let emergency personnel handle this.)

In the west wing of McKeldin, the Northwest and Southwest stairwells (on the corners of the building) or the central stairwell should be used. In the east wing of McKeldin either the stairwell at the front of the building or the north central or south central stairwell should be used. The ventilated stairwells are marked with a blue "Area of Rescue Assistance" sign. (Floor marshals should be familiar with all stairwell locations and designation and be able to communicate them to emergency personnel).

The Fire Department turns off the main fire alarm when the situation is under control and the building is okay for re-entry.

The annunciator panel at the McKeldin Exit Desk will sound as well because people are exiting through the fire doors. This system cannot be reset until the fire alarm system has stopped sounding. 

See Building Evacuation for branch libraries information.