Building Evacuation

How the alarm system works:

The fire alarm system consists of pull stations, smoke and duct dectectors, and a horn. When a device is activated, an alarm location identification code (to indicate which building) is sent to the UW Police Communications Center. The alarm pull station should be considered as a life safety system for use in any life threatening situation — fire, police, or medical emergency.

When an alarm sounds:

  • Evacuate the building immediately using the nearest exit (or an alternate if nearest exit is blocked). Do not use the elevators!
  • Proceed immediately to the evacuation assembly area designated in this building’s evacuation plan and on building evacuation signs.
  • Do not re-enter building until Seattle Fire Department, UWPD, or other safety officials declare the building to be safe.
  • Assist persons with disabilities.

During an earthquake, remain in the building until the tremor is over. Drop, cover, and hold. (See Earthquake)