Skip To Main Content
York U: Redefine the Possible HOME | Current Students | Faculty & Staff | Research | International link: Future Students, Alumni & Visitors
Search »  

Fire Emergency Procedures

In case of fire

  • Close the door as you leave the room.
  • Pull the nearest fire alarm (located at any exit).
  • Evacuate the building. Do NOT use  elevators.
  • Report the fire to the Security Services.

When you hear the fire alarm

  • Evacuate the building via the nearest exit.
  • Do NOT use elevators.
  • Keep clear of the building to permit emergency access.
  • Do not re-enter until authorized by Fire Officer.


  • It is MANDATORY for University buildings to be evacuated during any fire alarm. 
  • Report all fires, no matter how small, to Security Services (416)736-5333 or extension 33333.
  • Report the smell of smoke of undetermined origin to Security Services (416)736-5333 or extension 33333.
  • Attempt to extinguish the fire only if you can do so safely. 
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of fire exits and fire extinguishers in your area.

Fire Safety

Safety of Building Occupants


Fire safety at the University is legislated by the Ontario Fire Code, which provides for the safety of building occupants through the elimination and control of fire hazards, maintenance of fire protection and life safety systems, establishment and implementation of fire safety plans, procedures, and inspections of all buildings.

Provisions of the Code include

  • Corridors, exits and stairs are the escape routes in a fire or life emergency. Storage in corridors, exits and stairs is strictly prohibited. This includes spill over from offices, laboratories, classrooms, and shipping and receiving areas, and includes "temporary" storage.
  • Doors in fire separations (Fire Doors) are generally self-closing. Blocking, propping, or wedging these doors in the open position at any time is prohibited.
  • Designated exit doors are to be readily opened from the inside at all times, and are not permitted to be locked, chained, blocked, or barred to prevent exiting at any time. The use of electromagnetic door locks is not recommended by Fire Prevention for exit doors, as electric door strikes will generally provide a more appropriate operation.
  • Penalties - "Every person who convenes any provision of the Fire Code and every Director or Officer of a corporation who knowingly concurs in such contravention is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of not more than $25,000 or imprisonment for a term of not more than one year or both." - Ontario Fire Code

Customer Resources



facilities development

top news
Facilities Development Home
Building Showcase
Accolade Deficiency Reporting
Pond Road Residence
Schulich School of Business
Student Services Centre
Dahdaleh Building
Fire Prevention
Fire Prevention Home
Fire Emergency Procedures
Fire Wardens
Lab Safety
bottom news
Y graphic

graphic rule