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Fires, Gas Leaks, and Hazardous Spills


What to do:

  • Activate the nearest fire alarm.
  • Call 210-999-7000.
  • Notify occupants and help those in the immediate area who may need assistance.
  • Evacuate the building by the nearest exit.
  • Confine the fire by closing doors as you exit.
  • Do not re-enter the building until permitted to do so by emergency personnel.

Building evacuation procedure:

  • Evacuation is mandatory when a fire alarm has been activated.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Take personal belongings, such as keys, wallets and purses.
  • Close doors as you exit.
  • Move people to a safe area away from the building.

Gas Leaks

If you detect natural gas, fumes or vapors:

  • Do not pull fire alarms.
  • Do not touch light switches or electrical equipment.
  • Call University Police at 210-999-7000.
  • Clear the area immediately if instructed to do so by the emergency dispatcher.
  • Provide your location and the location of the odor to the dispatcher.
  • Provide as many additional details as possible to the dispatcher.

Hazardous Spills

If the incident is indoors, close all doors in order to isolate the area if it is safe to do so.

From a safe area, call the University Police Department at 210-999-7000.

If possible, be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Name of the material
  • Quantity of the material
  • Time of the incident
  • Location of the incident
  • If anyone has been injured or exposed to the material
  • If a fire or explosive is involved
  • Your name, phone number and location

Follow instructions offered by the emergency responders.

Evacuate the area if necessary.