Fire Safety

Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility. Fire can strike at any time and in any place without warning.  Below are some best practices you can follow to maintain a safe environment and be prepared.


  • Participate in fire drills.
  • Know where emergency exits are located on your floor.
  • Know where fire extinguishers are located on your floor.
  • Know where your fire alarm pull stations are located.
  • Know your evacuation meeting locations.
  • Test smoke alarms regularly, at a minimum when you change the time in Spring and Fall for Day Light Savings Time.
  • Do not block exits, hallways, or stairs.
  • Do not remove or tamper with smoke detectors or fire alarm devices.
  • Do not tamper with sprinkler or standpipe (fire hose) systems.

In the event of a fire, or if you smell smoke, the acronym R.E.A.C.T. provides a guide to follow:
    R - remove persons in immediate danger.
    E - ensure doors are closed.
    A - activate the building alarm.
    C - call the Fire Department (911, if in the US).
    T - treat ALL fires as DANGEROUS.

Other safety procedures you should remember in a fire include:

  • Always exit when the building fire alarm activates on your floor.
  • Use stairs not elevators to evacuate during a fire emergency.
  • Unless otherwise directed, report to the designated assembly area during all drills and emergencies.
  • Immediately inform emergency responders or NYU staff if you are aware that someone is missing.
  • For emergency information at other sites around NYU’s global network, contact the site director.

Additional resources:

FDNY Fire Safety Publications

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) fire safety information

Department of Homeland Security fire safety

Holiday Decoration Fire Safety Memo