Accidental Hazards

Accidental hazard

Know these guidelines for what to do in case of such accidents as fires and chemical spills.


If you see smoke or fire, use RACE:

Rescue those in immediate danger.
Alarm by activating the fire pull station.
Contain the fire by closing all doors and windows.
Extinguish, if possible, or Evacuate if you cannot extinguish. Please refer to your Building Emergency Action Plan for specific evacuation routes and assembly areas. Never use an elevator when evacuating.

If your clothes catch on fire: stop, drop and roll.
If you are caught in smoke, drop to your knees and crawl below the smoke level.
If you are trapped in a room, place cloth and material (wet if water is readily available) under the door to prevent smoke from entering.
Retreat and close as many doors as possible between you and the fire. Signal for help.

Chemical Spills

Controlled spills are chemical spills that are not reasonably expected to be a threat to human health or the environment. They can be cleaned up by personnel in the area of the spill.
Controlled spills, requiring assistance, are controllable but are beyond the capabilities of personnel in the area of the spill. In these cases, contact UNMC Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) at 402-559-6356 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours or on weekends, please call UNMC Security/Public Safety at 402-559-5555.
Uncontrolled Spills may pose a threat to human health and the environment, and personnel in the vicinity are not able to contain the spill.