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Facilities Management and Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

Fire Drill Procedures


Two fire drills each semester must be conducted in ULM Residence Halls, one during daytime hours and one at night.  The drills should be conducted when the highest number of students can be expected to be inside the residence hall.

A fire drill must be conducted at least once per year in all other buildings and facilities. 

Fire Drill Report 


Before the Drill

Building Coordinators will be responsible for arranging annual fire drills for their respective buildings.

The Building Coordinator or responsible person conducting the drill should notify the department heads, deans, directors, etc. in advance of the drill.  This is to avoid confusion so that important meetings, classroom activities, tests, experiments, etc. can be scheduled appropriately.  The University Police Department and the Environmental Health & Safety Office should also be notified prior to the drill.  Notifications should be made at least one day prior to the drill.

The Building Coordinator should make sure he/she knows how to turn the fire alarm on and off.  Most pull stations have a screw or key that fits into the top section of the station, which will allow opening the pull station.  Once the pull station is open the alarm can be operated manually.  If unsure of how to operate the system, contact the Environmental Health & Safety Office, 342-5177.

Recruit coworkers from the building to help with the drill.  Meet with them before the drill is started to make sure that the drill plans are reasonable.  Station them to monitor and time the evacuation of the building.  Make sure time and approximate number of people evacuated are recorded.

During the Drill

Carefully monitor the evacuation of the building along with coworkers enlisted to help. Use the fire drill report  checklist to see what areas should be checked during and after the drill.

Fire Drill Report 

Be sure that no one enters the building during the drill.

Make sure that everyone in the building did evacuate the building.

Make sure that everyone is present and accounted for.  It may be helpful to assign one person for each floor or area of the building to be responsible for ensuring employees on that floor or in that area have evacuated.

After the Drill

Make sure that no one reenters the building until the alarm is turned off and the building is deemed safe to reenter.

Complete the fire drill / building evacuation report.  Submit report to the Environmental Health & Safety Office.

Fire Drill Report 

Meet with building personnel to discuss results and ways to improve the evacuation procedures for the building.  This is the purpose of the fire drill.  Carefully and critically identify weaknesses and problems and develop better evacuation procedures.

Train building occupants on any new procedures developed from the drill.

Submit a copy of the detailed building evacuation plans and procedures to the Environmental Health and Safety Office.