The mnemonic RACE may help you remember what to do during a fire:

  • R – Rescue & Remove anyone from immediate danger from a fire. Try to keep groups/classes together.
  • A – Alarm. Activate the nearest fire alarm, and call 911 with important information.
  • C – Contain. Help contain the spread of the fire by closing doors in the area. Always feel a door for heat before opening.
  • E – Extinguish. You may be able to extinguish small fires (about the size of an office trash can). Do not waste evacuation time or put yourself in danger by trying to extinguish a fire. Evacuate for all fires and fire alarms.

Once you are a safe distance from the building, reunite with your group to make sure everyone is safe. Do not attempt to re-enter a building.

To operate a fire extinguisher, remember PASS:

  • P – Pull the pin.
  • A – Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • S – Squeeze the handle.
  • S – Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire.

Building Evacuation Guidelines

  • Try to remain with your class/group as you evacuate.
  • Avoid using elevators, if possible.
  • Proceed to your designated emergency assembly points, at least 500 feet from the building(s).
  • Once at the emergency assembly point:
    • Determine if everyone made it out safely.
    • Report any important details (missing students, causes, injuries) to MGCCC Police.
    • Stay clear of emergency vehicles.
  • Everyone should stay in the emergency assembly point until instructed by authorities.
  • Do not activate a fire alarm unless there is actually a fire.