The following procedures should be followed in the event of a fire or an activated fire alarm at Milner Library.
Exit the building using the emergency stairwells and go to our designated gathering place – between the Bone Student Center and the Bowling and Billiards Center.
Shut – but do not lock – all doors that you pass through. This will help contain the fire.
If the fire occurs outside of normal business hours, use the emergency phone tree to also notify one of the following people:
Alarms are located at the entrance of each emergency stairwell, except on Floor 2, where the alarms are located inside the emergency stairwells. Alarms trigger automatically when smoke is detected. Pull the alarms if flame or smoke is detectable and the alarms have not already activated. Call 911 even if the alarms are already ringing.
The alarms are VERY loud and have flashing strobe lights. Patrons will be aware of an emergency.
When a fire alarm is ringing, library employees should notify all patrons and other staff in their immediate vicinity that all occupants must leave the building. Direct patrons to evacuate using the emergency stairwells and NOT the central staircase. Library staff should not search the library for patrons before evacuating the building themselves. If a patron refuses to leave the building, the staff should continue with evacuation procedures. Call 911 to inform emergency personnel of the location of people remaining inside the building. Emergency personnel are responsible for checking all floors and locations in the building for people who did not evacuate. Safely evacuating patrons is NOT your responsibility.
People with disabilities should use the emergency stairwells as an Area of Refuge if they are unable to evacuate the building. (The North side stairwell is painted with blue squares, the East side stairwell with green circles, and the South side stairwell with red triangles to identify the stairwells easily for people who are directionally challenged.) The person(s) with disabilities should wait in the Area of Refuge for emergency personnel to assist him/her with evacuation, if necessary. Do not attempt to move people in wheelchairs down stairways or out of their wheelchair.
Inform emergency personnel and other library staff of the presence and location of a person with disabilities.
A library staff member or supervisor will remain in front (but not inside) of the library to serve as contacts for emergency personnel and to inform patrons not to enter the building.
The Fire Department will announce when it is safe to re-enter the building. They will be responsible for turning off the fire alarms and for re-setting the alarm system.
If the fire alarm or emergency continues after the library's regular closing time, the library staff in charge will determine which employees will remain until it is safe to re-enter the building and lock up.