Familiarize yourself with your building’s evacuation procedure and always exit the building in the event of a fire alarm – whether it is a false alarm, a drill or otherwise.


  • Pull the nearest fire alarm
  • Evacuate the building via nearest safe exit; do not use elevators
  • Close all doors behind you
  • Proceed to the assembly area
  • Do not re-enter until authorized by the emergency/safety personnel

Mobility challenges

Important: If you are an SFU staff or faculty with mobility related disabilities, you are encouraged to share this information with your Building Evacuation Coordinator (BEC) who can arrange some assistance for you in an event of an evacuation. If you don't know who your BEC is, send an email to  

  • If you are on the ground floor/viable emergency exit to the outside: Exit via the nearest emergency exit and proceed to the assembly area.
  • All other floors: Proceed to the nearest area of refuge. At SFU, there are stairwells that are designated as being fireproof to act as an area of refuge. Once you have arrived at the area of refuge, ensure that the door is closed and wait for the Fire Department to come to you.

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In the event of an emergency, call 911.
All fires regardless of size must be reported to Campus Security from a safe location.


Safety tips

  • Feel the top of doors. If they are hot, or smoke is visible, do not open
  • Do not attempt to save any possessions at the risk of personal injury
  • Do not break windows because oxygen feeds fire
  • Stay low if moving through smoke
  • Staff should offer to assist students and visitors during a building evacuation if possible
  • If safe to do so, supervisors should shut down equipment and main shut off valves prior to evacuating
  • Use a fire extinguisher on small fires ONLY if you are trained, feel comfortable, and it is safe to do so

Two-stage alarms

The following buildings use two stage alarms. The first alarm (slow and intermittent sound) signals standby for instructions over the emergency voice paging system. A second alarm (rapid sound) signals a full building evacuation.

  • Surrey campus
  • Vancouver – Harbour Centre building
  • Vancouver – Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts building