Although it’s rare, explosions do occasionally happen. Whether the cause is an industrial accident or an act of terrorism, knowing what to do in the event of an explosion can help save your life, or the lives of others around you. There’s very little you can do ahead of time to prepare for this. What you can do is react appropriately after an explosion.
What to Do:
- Immediately take cover under tables, desks and other objects, which will give protection against falling/flying glass or debris.
- After the initial effects of the explosion have subsided, evacuate the building at the nearest exit. Stay low under any smoke.
- Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station as you exit.
- Help those occupants in the immediate area who may need assistance.
- Watch for obviously weakened floors and stairways. As you exit the building, be especially watchful for falling debris.
- Go to the designated Assembly Area. Do not stand in front of windows, glass doors or other potentially hazardous areas.
- Call the Department of Public Safety at 911 or activate a blue light phone as soon as you are in a safe place.
- Do not - under any circumstances - re-enter the building until authorized to do so by Public Safety personnel.