University buildings are equipped with fire extinguishers in accordance with the requirements of the construction and/or fire safety codes. Students, Faculty and Staff are not expected to utilize these devices to fight fires due to the danger of their personal safety, which would result from attempting to extinguish a fire, the hazards associated with the products of combustion and the threat of a spreading fire.

A fire extinguisher may be utilized to clear a safe path to an exit or "shoot your way out" of a building if you are trapped. Before using a fire extinguisher, you should know how to properly select and operate one.

Please read and understand the following:

Rutgers University Fire Extinguisher Use Guidelines [pdf]


Rutgers University Emergency Services, or call 848-932-4800

Campus Health Safety Specialists, or call 848-445-2550