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As the Boulder Campus Fire Marshal, I am writing to urge you to follow a few life-saving steps with regard to fire evacuation. Recent incidents in New York, Chicago and Rhode Island underscore the importance of this information.



You can save a life! How? Exit the building when the fire alarm sounds!


When a fire alarm sounds, all building occupants must evacuate the building.

The importance of this life-saving action is cannot be overemphasized. Many fire fatalities have been caused because occupants assumed the alarm was false or were busy completing a task in the building.

Your safety is the most important concern, please evacuate the building any time the fire alarm sounds.

Although you may have experienced false alarms in your building or elsewhere, it is imperative that you evacuate the building upon hearing any fire alarm. If you wait to smell the smoke before leaving, you are risking your health and your life may be in danger.

An emergency alarm may sound upon the release of colorless and odorless chemicals.

Therefore, there may be life-threatening fire or non-fire conditions that are not immediately noticeable. Your immediate and calm evacuation is necessary during any fire alarm.

Emergency Evacuation Plans are posted throughout all major campus buildings.

Please read, practice and understand the directions and instructions given on the Emergency Evacuation Plans in your building. Using the Emergency Evacuation Plans, learn the location of all emergency exits and use/practice them occasionally, at least twice a year. It is important to know and practice when to go, where to go, and how to go, to escape a fire. In addition, buildings and departments should have a plan for designated locations for employees to meet and be prepared to assist first responders in identifying persons unaccounted for in actual emergency situations.

We are sending you this information because, in the past, some occupants have not evacuated the buildings upon the sounding of a fire alarm.

Their action not only risks their own lives, but also risks the lives of emergency responders and rescuers. In addition, not evacuating in a timely manner will deplete the resources of the emergency responders who must now rescue the occupants instead of neutralizing the cause of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should direct their students and employees to follow the evacuation procedures during any fire alarm in the building.


Let me emphasize that the Boulder campus is committed to a high level of fire/life-safety, as shown by our investments in fire sprinkler and alarm systems.

Many of the campus buildings, including all student residence halls, are provided with automatic fire suppression/sprinkler systems. All major campus buildings are provided with automatic fire/smoke detection systems connected to the Service Center and the Campus Police via a fire alarm reporting network. However, every individual needs to take part in order to maintain and improve the level of personal and building fire safety.

If you have any questions about the building alarms, evacuation routes, or how to report a problem, please contact the Campus Fire Marshal, Mansour Alipour-fard, at 303-492-4042.