Updated Alarm and Evacuation Testing Procedure

Subject: October 2020 Reminder: Building Evacuation Procedure

To increase efficiency and deliver better fire safety information, and to prevent unnecessary gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic, in lieu of an alarm-based fire drill, and following the requirements of the National Fire Code - Alberta Edition Division B Section, please review the instructions below to ensure you know how to evacuate your building safely.

University buildings may be evacuated for a variety of reasons, including fire, weather emergencies, hazardous material releases or bomb threats. 

Familiarize yourself with the evacuation route and designated muster (gathering) point. You can find this information on the signs posted next to elevators and stairwells in university buildings.

An evacuation alarm will either use a standard pattern of three half-second sounds, followed by a one and one half-second pause OR will use continuous alarm bells.

When a evacuation alarm sounds or you are told to evacuate the building:

  1. Leave the building immediately through the nearest marked fire exit. Do NOT use elevators. Close doors behind you.
  2. As you leave, accompany visitors and alert others.
  3. Once outside the building, move to the muster point. 
  4. Notify floor wardens or emergency responders if you suspect that someone is still inside. A floor warden will typically be wearing a high visibility vest. (Note that in low occupancy, the wardens may not be present)
  5. Do NOT re-enter the building until permitted to do so by emergency responders.

If you cannot  evacuate for mobility reasons:

  • Report to the nearest emergency exit stairwell and remain there, or
    remain in place if it is safe to do so.
  • Alert the floor warden or contact Protective Services (780-492-5050).

If you are unable to evacuate because a clinical or experimental procedure is underway: 

  • Begin to shut down your work.
  • Alert the floor warden or contact Protective Services.

For more information on this and other emergency procedures visit: uab.ca/emergency