A fire situation involves not just a flame, but smoke and heat as well, all of which can be dangerous. Protect yourself and others by remembering the acronym CAPE:
- Close the door to Contain the fire or smoke.
- Alert people in the Area about the fire.
- Pull the fire alarm and Phone the Amherst College Police Department (ACPD) at 413.542.2111. Provide the dispatcher with as much information as you can about the fire and its location.
- Extinguish the fire or Evacuate. (Do not use a fire extinguisher unless you have been trained and it’s safe to do so.) If you’re able to leave the building, find a police officer or firefighter and give them any information you might have about the fire.
If you’re aware of a person who was unable to evacuate the building for any reason, report that individual to the ACPD at 413.542.2111.
Download a PDF of the Amherst College Emergency Response Handbook.