The Risk Management Office provides Fire Safety services to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors through the interpretation of fire protection codes and standards and the application of fire engineering principles. Our office provides training, reviews building plans, conducts building life safety inspections, and ensures the maintenance and inspection of building protection systems.

For assistance with Fire Safety issues, contact Joe Surber  at 294-3403


1. Before a fire:
  • Know where all fire exits are located and how to get out if your exit is blocked. 
  • Know where all fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers, and nearest telephone are located.
  • Know how to operate a fire extinguisher.
2. Call Furman Police at 294-2111, or extension 2111 on campus.  Give location and type of fire.

3. Only use a fire extinguisher if the fire is very small and you know how to do it safely. If the extinguisher does not put out the fire, leave immediately.  Contact Furman Police even if you think you’ve put the fire out.

4. Evacuate Building:
  • Activate the fire alarm pull station, usually located at an exit door.
  • Sounding of fire alarm in a campus building requires automatic evacuation.
  • Don’t panic, remain calm.
  • Walk to the nearest exit.  DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.
  • If hallway is smoky, get on hands and knees and crawl to nearest exit.
  • If you become trapped in a building during a fire, call Furman Police by phone and give your specific location.  Keep any doors closed.  A closed door can protect you from fire, heat and smoke from elsewhere. If a window is available, place an article of clothing outside the window as a marker for rescue crews and shout at regular intervals.
5. Report any damaged fire equipment to Furman Police.
  • Fire doors-should close automatically and completely.
  • Exit signs-two exit signs should be visible from all public areas.
  • Fire alarms-horns, bells, and pull stations should be accessible and in working order.
  • Fire extinguishers-should be accessible and not blocked by stored materials.  Report empty or vandalized extinguishers.
It's easy to remember how to use a fire extinguisher if
you can remember the acronym PASS,
which stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep 

Pull the pin. This will allow you
to discharge the extinguisher. 
Aim at the base of the fire.
If you aim at the flames,
(which is frequently the temptation),
the extinguishing agent will fly right
through and do no good. You want to
hit the fuel.  
  Squeeze the top handle or lever.
This depresses a button that releases the
pressurized extinguishing agent in the

Sweep from side to side until the fire is
completely out. Start using the extinguisher
from a safe distance away, then move forward.
Once the fire is out, keep an eye on the
area in case it re-ignites.

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