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In case of fire

  • Immediately leave the fire area and close the doors behind you.
  • Activate the fire alarm system by using the nearest pull station.
  • Exit the building using the nearest emergency exit. Do NOT use the elevators.
  • Dial 911 to report the location of the fire.

When you hear the fire alarm

  • Immediately evacuate the building using the nearest emergency exit.
  • Test the door for heat. If the door is not hot, carefully open the door and exit if it is safe. Close the door behind you.
  • Use the nearest emergency exit. If you encounter smoke in the stairways, use the alternate exit.
  • Head to the Evacuation Assembly Area.
  • Do not re-enter the building until Fire Officials declare the building safe.

General Information

  • Do not assume a fire alarm is a drill.
  • Do not take the elevators.
  • Do not open the door if it is hot. Remain inside the room and call 911 for help.
  • Do not lock the doors behind you.
  • Do not go to the roof and stay as closest to the ground level as possible.
  • Do not re-enter the building until the Fire Official declares the building is safe.


Control of Fire Hazards

A high standard of housekeeping and building maintenance plays a critical role in fire prevention.

Review the following list of specific fire hazards, take precaution and avoid:

  • storing combustible material in unapproved spaces such as stairwells or fire escapes.
  • leaving fire and smoke barrier doors wedged open or left inoperable.
  • improperly storing flammable gasses and liquids.
  • disposing of cigarettes carelessly.
  • improperly disposing oily rags.


Evacuation Wardens

Evacuation Wardens are staff volunteers dressed in reflective yellow vests who assist building occupants to the nearest emergency exits. Follow the directives of the wardens to evacuate the building immediately.


Emergency Stickers

Emergency stickers contain emergency procedures for each campus. Email the Human Resources department for these stickers and affix it near your telephone for quick reference.


Alarm System

Silent- and audible-stage alarm system

Locations equipped with a two-stage fire alarm system respond in two steps following the activation of a fire alarm.

Following the activation of the fire alarm, locations equipped with two-stage fire alarm systems will announce:

“Your attention, please. Your attention, please. A life safety device has been triggered in this area. We are investigating the cause, please listen for further updates.”

If the investigation determines that a fire emergency does not exist, the next announcement will follow:

“Your attention, please. The source of the alarm has been identified. No emergency exists. Thank you for your attention and co-operation.”

If the investigation determines there is a fire emergency, you will see flashing white fire strobes and hear the evacuation tones, followed by the announcement:

“Your attention, please. Your attention, please. The fire safety system has been activated. For your safety, please evacuate the building immediately using the nearest emergency exit doors. Do not use the elevators and do not re-enter the area until authorized by Emergency Response Personnel.”


  • Markham campus
  • Newnham campus

Two-stage fire alarm system

Locations equipped with a two-stage fire alarm system follow a pulse alarm that sounds to alert the building occupants of a possible need for evacuation when a fire alarm is activated. Authorities will investigate the cause of the alarm to determine the need for full building evacuation. If there is no need to evacuate, the slow pulse alarm will be cancelled.

If there is an immediate need to evacuate, building occupants will hear the second stage fast pulse alarm. Upon hearing the fast pulse alarm, occupants should immediately evacuate the building using the nearest available exit and remain outside the building until authorities declare it safe to re-enter.


  • Seneca@York campus SEQ Building
  • Seneca@York campus DB Building

Single-stage fire alarm system

Upon hearing the fire alarm, immediately evacuate the building using the nearest available exit. Once you are outside the building, proceed to the designated Evacuation Assembly Area and wait for further instructions.


  • King campus