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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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
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.)
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.)
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
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
See Building Evacuation
for branch libraries information.