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Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety

Life Safety



Fire Extinguisher

In the month of January, FGCU Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) conducts fire drills in each of our campus buildings. 

Fire drills are required to be performed periodically in all facilities per Florida Fire Prevention Code NFPA 1, 10.6.1 and Florida Fire Prevention Code NFPA 101, 4.7.1. Florida Gulf Coast University conducts fire drills annually, month of January, in owned and leased buildings at our main campus and off campus locations. 

Building occupants must vacate building in an orderly fashion when the fire alarm signal is given and not return to building until EH&S Department gives the “all-clear” verbal notification to re-enter the building. No prior notification shall be given to any specific building as to a specific date and time.

Fire Drill Notification 

Ø  Environmental Health and Safety shall notify President’s Office, Campus Police, Physical Plant, Provost Office, Office of the Vice President of Administrative Services, Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and Office of the Vice President of Advancement of forthcoming drills.  At that time, EH&S should be notified of any possible conflicting events so we can adjust the drill schedule accordingly.

Ø  The activation and deactivation of the fire alarm system will be performed by Physical Plant personnel preceded by either verbal or radio communication to FGCU University Police Depatment that a drill is being conducted.

Ø  Members of EH&S, University Police, and Physical Plant Departments shall conduct a search to determine compliance with these provisions and the functionality of the equipment.

Fire Safety Guidelines

Fire Identification and Notification

In the event that anyone sees a fire or smells smoke inside a building, go to your nearest pull station - pull it and evacuate building.  Fires grow quickly endangering the lives of the building occupants so if you see a small fire please activate the alarm system.  Building occupants should familarize themselves with the fire protection systems such as pull stations, fire extinguishers, and exits.

Once the fire alarm system is activated and you are at a safe zone usually 300 feet away from burning building, call 1911 immediately.  Give dispatcher the name and location of burning building.  Please try to remain calm when talking with dispatcher this way dispatcher can understand you clearly.  FGCU University Police Department will contact the San Carlos Fire Department.

Portable extinguishers located inside buildings are to help building occupants get out of a potentially dangerous situation or to put out a fire that is small usually the size of a small waste paper basket.  Anything bigger than that, we strongly recommend that you activate the fire alarm system and evacuate the building. 


Our primary concern is to evacuate everyone from a burning building in a orderly fashion. To accomplish this, building occupants must be prepared in advance that is why we have fire drills annually to educate the building occupants and to test the fire protection equipment.  So, when the fire alarm sounds, immediate evacuation is mandatory.

In the event you are in a room with a closed door and the fire alarm sound, do not immediately open the door. You must first determine if door is hot, if hot, remain in room until fire fighters get to you and evacuate you from room.  Stuff towels, sheets or other material under the door to keep smoke out. 

If you are able to exit the building, make sure that you leave lights on and shut door behind as you leave room or hallway doors. 

Never use elevators in buildings when fire alarm system is activated.

Once outside, move a reasonable distance as taugh in fire drills.  The fire department needs space in order to extinguish fire, so being at a safe zone is required. NEVER RE-ENTER A BURNING BUILDING.  Stay outside until you are told to re-enter building by fire department or university officials.

Evacution of Individuals with disabilities

It is recommended that students contact Adaptive Services to notify them of your schedule.  Faculty, staff, and visitors contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance to alert them of your location, this way in the event of an emergency, fire fighters know your location in case of an emergency. 

When the fire alarm activates and you are unable to make your way down stairs obtain assistance from others if they are able to help you in case of an emergency. If others can't help in the event of an emergency remain in stairwell or exterior landings and ask them to notify fire fighters of your location and that you need immediate rescue.  The stairwells or exterior landings are called areas of refuge these areas are design to provide protection from smoke and fire, moreover, you must keep the stairwell doors and doors leading to the outside public ways closed as well.

If you are unable to make you way to stairwell or area of refuge and fire alarm is not activated; ask several individuals to activate the fire alarm on your floor.  This will alert the fire fighters rescue team by illuminating the light on the annunciator panel for your building.  Again, if able, go to a room and close door behind you and let everyone that you see to let fire fighters know your whereabouts in building. 

Fire produces smoke, so when smoke invades upper space first most of the available oxygen is near the floor. If smoke becomes too dense to breathe, position yourself so that your face is close to the floor and try to place clothing or other heavy material over your nose and mouth to filter as much smoke as possible until help arrives.  Response time for the San Carlos Fire Department is less than five minutes. 

Open Flames

Unapproved appliances which produce exposed elements or open flames such as coleman stoves, candles, gas lanterns, hibachi grills, torches, or oil lamps are prohibits in campus buildings. 

Fire Extinguishers

Where are they located?  Fire extinguishers are located at noticeable areas in every building at FGCU, with the exception of some sheds. In some buildings were students are occupants fire extinguishers are in locked extinguisher cabinets that require the user to pull handle firmly (don't worry about damaging's easily replaceable).

How often are the extinguishers inspected and maintained?  Fire extinguishers are physically inspected monthly by the EH&S inspector. It's a very detailed inspection which includes, the date of annual maintenance, looking at the pressure needle ensuring that it's the green zone, safety seals and tamper indicator indicator is not broken or missing, and other criteria found in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 10 - Std. for Portable Fire Extinguishers.
Fire extinguishers are maintenanced and recharged annually by a certified vendor.  Every six years, there are internal and external checks performed, with a full hydrostatic (pressure) test occurring every 12 years for most extinguishers.

What are the types of fire extinguishers? Take a look at this pamphlet.

Is there fire extinguisher training?  Yes, training is offered every year in the months of December.  Fire extinguisher training is also offered to students and faculty. The training is free and takes approximately one hour to complete (of course, it depends on attendance) during training you will watch a video on fire extinguishers and than proceed outside to extinguish a live fire. Faculty, if interested in fire extinguisher training for your class please contact us at 590-1414.

Note:  It's against the law to tamper with or discharge a fire extinguisher in any manner not consistent with its intended use.


The Center For Campus Fire Safety

Learn all about fire extinguisher and the P.A.S.S. system go to this LINK 


2015 Campus Fire Safety Resolution

Fact Sheet on Smoke Alarms

What You Should Know About Smoke Alarms


Timed Fire Drill Reports - 2010 - 2019

Accident Data:

The data provided is based on the first notice of injury reports completed and submitted to Worker’s Compensation. This general information is to inform the campus community of the reportable hazards that occurred here at Florida Gulf Coast University either on or off campus. 

If you click here there are many available resources to help take step in removing or eliminate the hazard or providing an alternative way of working safe at the workplace.  

Please note that the data provided reflects only those work-related injuries sustained by employees.

Departments interested in accident data specific please contact FGCU EHS.