Academic Environmental Health & Safety

Fire Safety

Policies and procedures


  • Call 911
  • Evacuate immediately using the nearest safe exit
  • Keep important items with you
  • Close doors (room, office) behind you.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • If you encounter fire or smoke while exiting, try another exit.
  • If you cannot avoid smoke, stay close to the floor.
  • Proceed to designated evacuation assembly area.
  • DO NOT reenter unless authorized by emergency personnel.


Fire extinguishers

The use of fire extinguishers is addressed by California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 8, Section 6151.

  • Portable fire extinguishers compatible to the conditions and hazards shall be provided and maintained.
  • Portable fire extinguishers shall be located and mounted in a conspicuous area where they are readily accessible.
  • Portable fire extinguishers shall be maintained and tested yearly, and written records retained.
  • CSUMB Employees are not required to attempt to fight fires. Fire extinguishers are available in call CSUMB buildings for use by employees whom have been trained.

Fire prevention

  • Proper housekeeping is the #1 way to prevent fires. This includes the prompt removal of wastes and keeping the workspace free of unnecessary combustible materials. This will help prevent or reduce the severity of fires.
  • Storage of cardboard boxes,etc. should be kept to a minimum.
  • Automatic sprinklers need at least 18 inches (45.72 cm) of clearance to be effective, NEVER block sprinkler heads, pile items too close, or hang anything from sprinkler heads of pipes.
  • Fire doors prevent the spread of fire and smoke.
  • Fire doors should kept closed at all times unless held open by the doors magnetic device, which will release automatically when a fire alarm sounds. NEVER block or tamper with the operation of fire doors.
  • Extension cords should never be used in place of permanent wiring. Power strips should never be "daisy-chained" together (power strip plugged into another power strip).
  • Rooms and doorways must remain free of obstructions and debris which can hinder a safe evacuation should a fire occur.
  • Store large amounts of flammable liquids in a flammable storage cabinet. Limited quantities of flammable liquids may be stored on the laboratory bench-top and shop space without additional storage requirements. Please contact AEHS for guidance.