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Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety

Fire Drills, Fire Alarms & Life Safety


During the month of January, Environmental Health and Safety and University Police conduct fire drills in every campus building.

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, during the month of January, in owned and leased buildings at our main campus and off campus locations

Building occupants must vacate the building in an orderly fashion when the fire alarm signal is given and not return to the building until EH&S or UPD 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.

Thank you for your help in maintaining a safe and healthy environment for us all. If you have any questions or concerns, please call EH&S at 590-1414.

Full List of Safety Guidelines

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Fire Safety Guidelines
  • Know where the fire protection systems are located (pull stations, fire extinguishers, and exit).
  • If you see a fire or smell smoke inside a building, PULL the fire alarm and LEAVE the building.
  • Evacuate to a safe distance - usually 300 feet away from a possibly burning building.


  •  Give the dispatcher the name and location of the building.
  •  Remain calm when talking with the dispatcher so they can understand you clearly.
  •  FGCU University Police Department will contact the San Carlos Fire Department.

Portable fire extinguishers are to help building occupants get out of a potentially dangerous situation or to put out a fire that is small (the size of a small waste paper basket).
For anything larger, activate the fire alarm system and evacuate the building.

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When the fire alarm sounds, immediate evacuation is mandatory.

Before opening a door, first determine if the door is hot; if hot, remain in the room until fire fighters get to you. 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 doors behind as you leave room or hallway doors.

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

Once outside, move away from the building to provide open space for the fire department.

Stay outside until you are told to re-enter the building by fire department or university officials.

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Evacuation of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Students: please notify Adaptive Services of your schedule.
  • Faculty & Staff: notify your Supervisor of the type of assistance needed during an evacuation.
  • Guests: please notify the event supervisor if assistance is needed during an emergency.

If others can't help you in the event of an emergency, go to the nearest stairwell or exterior landing. Remain there and ask others to notify fire fighters of your location and that you need assistance. Building maps are located by the elevators to assist in finding stairwells. The stairwells or exterior landings are called areas of refuge, and are designed to provide protection from smoke and fire. Keep the stairwell doors closed.

If you are unable to make your way to a stairwell or area of refuge and the fire alarm is not activated; ask others to activate the fire alarm on your floor. This will alert the fire fighters rescue team. If able, go to a room, close the door behind you, and ask everyone to alert fighters of your location.

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.

Pay attention to multiple modes of communication regarding the emergency, i.e. text messages, e-mails, audible tones and spoken messages, etc.

Response time for the San Carlos Fire Department is less than five minutes.

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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 prohibited in campus buildings.

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Fire Extinguishers

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

  • Fire extinguishers are physically inspected monthly by an EHS inspector.
  • Fire extinguishers are maintained and recharged annually by a certified vendor.
  • Fire extinguisher training is offered every year during October and November. The training is available to staff, students, and faculty. The training is free and takes approximately one hour to complete (depending on attendance). Training includes a video on fire extinguishers, and extinguishing a live fire outside. Faculty, please contact us at 590-1414, if interested in fire extinguisher training for your class.

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