Emergencies

Emergency Phone Numbers

EMERGENCY (Police, Fire, Medical)

  • Dial 911

NORTHWESTERN POLICE – Chicago

  • 456 (on-campus)
  • (312) 503-3456 (off-campus)

NORTHWESTERN POLICE – Evanston

  • 456 (on-campus)
  • (847) 491-3456 (off-campus)
In the Event of a Fire or Visible Smoke

Use C.A.R.E. (Contain, Activate, Report, Evacuate or Extinguish)

  • Contain the emergency by closing all doors
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station — grasp the handle and pull firmly
    • Fire alarm stations are located near every exit from a public building.
  • Report the fire from a safe location by dialing 911
  • Evacuate the building using the nearest safe exit
    • If smoke or flames block the exit, move toward an alternate, safe exit
    • Gather with your co-workers at a designated rally point outside and away from the building. Don’t congregate near entrances
  • Extinguish ­– You may use a fire extinguisher only if:
    • You have been trained to use it
    • You are physically capable of using it
    • There is limited smoke or flames
    • You have the proper extinguisher for the type of fire you are fighting
    • You have your back to an unobstructed exit
    • Everyone has safely left the area
  • Never fight a fire if:
    • It has spread from its origin
    • You cannot extinguish the fire in less than 30 seconds
In the Event of a Power Failure

Evacuation is required because the ventilation system will stop functioning.

  • If you are working in the lab, once there is adequate emergency lighting:
    • Cap any open chemical containers
    • Close gas cylinders
    • Perform an orderly shutdown of equipment and processes
    • Close the fume hood sash
    • If refrigerators, freezers or cold rooms contain heat-sensitive materials, consider using dry ice to keep these materials cold
    • Leave immediately when the area has been secured and can be safely left unattended
    • Contact Research Safety or University Police if there is a possibility of an uncontrolled reaction in a process that cannot be shut down
Building Evacuations/Rally points
  • Designate a location outside and away from the building where everyone can meet during an evacuation
  • Communicate the location of the “rally point” to new personnel
  • Discuss fire safety and emergency evacuation at least two or three times per year
Find a Safety Data Sheet (SDS)