Safety and Emergencies

Fire Alarm/Building Evacuation - When the fire alarm sounds, evacuate the building immediately. Lock and close doors behind you as you leave to secure your area. Move out of the building via the closest safe route. Floor wardens and your teachers will direct you to the appropriate exit. Stay in the assembly areas away from the building. Do not re-enter the building until the fire department or police have cleared the building for use.

Extension Cords - Use of extension cords for powering equipment long term is a fire hazard and as such is prohibited by the UW. Use of a power strip with a built in circuit breaker is permissible. The department generally has a stock of power strips for use in our facilities.

Circuit Breaker Panels - Electrical circuit breaker panels are located in office and work areas around the building. Piling material in front of the panels or otherwise blocking access to the breaker panels is a violation of fire safety code. Keep the area in front of breaker panels cleared.

Emergency Exits - All emergency exit doorways and passages must be kept clear of unsecured material and equipment. A clear unobstructed path must be available in hallways and stairwells at all times. Storage of material in hallways is restricted to cabinets which are secured to the wall and wall mounted racks with front lips to retain the contents. Fire doors on stairwells must never be propped open with wedges. Most stairwell doors have a magnetic catch and are tied in with the alarm system to close when the fire alarm is triggered.


Building Security - Closing and locking ground level windows when rooms are unoccupied will lessen the chance of a break-in. UW Police and custodial staff are responsible for locking doors, but not for closing or locking windows. In the recent past computers and projectors were taken from CEE space when a window was left open during a holiday break.

Theft Prevention - Security for your personal items is your responsibility. We recommend keeping all valuables out of sight, locked in your desk, or in an ASCE locker.

Suspicious Person - If you think a person is acting suspiciously do not confront them. Contact the Department Administrator, Kojay Pan (616-1667) or the Front Desk (543-2391). If you are concerned for your safety call the Police directly by dialing 911 from any phone. Your personal safety is most important. The UW Police non-emergency number is 543-9331.