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All occupied University premises are fitted with fire alarms. The sounding of the fire alarm should always be taken as a signal to evacuate the building, except in the case of pre-arranged testing. During pre-arranged testing, the sounders will operate for no more than 10 seconds.

Fire Action notices are sited at the Fire Alarm Break-Glass Call-Points in each building. These notices instruct as to:

  • Actions to be taken if a fire is discovered
  • Emergency Telephone Number
  • Actions to be taken if the Fire Alarm sounds
  • Assembly area for evacuees 

Larger University buildings have individual Fire Evacuation Plans, which include details of the “Warden Sweep” evacuation systems in use within these buildings. The buildings concerned are:

  • David Keir
  • Ashby
  • Medical Biology Hospital Complex (Clinical A and B blocks, Pathology, Microbiology and Mulhouse buildings)
  • Physical Education Centre  
  • ECIT
  • Students' Union
  • Phase 1, New Library

Guidance on the evacuation of other buildings is provided in the Health & Safety leaflets produced by individual Schools and Departments.

General Advice in the Event of Evacuation

  • If the Fire Alarm sounds for longer than ten seconds, treat it as genuine and evacuate promptly
  • Do not assume that the alarm sounding is a “False Alarm”,even if there has been a recent history of unwarranted alarms
  • If you are evacuated from a building, go directly to the Assembly Area and remain there until instructed otherwise. Do not leave unless you have received permission to do so from the building’s Evacuation Controller.
  • Do not re-enter an evacuated building until clear instruction has been given that it is safe to do so. Silencing of the fire alarm does not mean it is safe to re-enter the building.