Building Evacuation

Responding to a Building Evacuation

When you hear the fire alarm sound or receive a notification to evacuate: 

  • Leave the building and area immediately.  
  • If you’re able, use stairs to exit the building.
  • Do not use the elevators. 
  • Proceed to a safe location, keeping clear of fire routes, hydrant areas and walkways used for emergency vehicles and personnel. 
  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by the Fire Prevention Personnel or a person with authority.

Elevator Entrapments

If an emergency occurs that affects the elevators: 

  • Press the phone symbol (PH) emergency button on the elevator panel to connect with Campus Safety or call them at 416-978-2222
  • Do not force open the elevator door. 
  • Do not exit from the elevator if it is not at the floor level.
  • If you or an individual has accessibility concerns impacted by an elevator outage, contact Campus Safety at 416-978-2222.  
    • This includes if the outage has resulted in you or another member of the community being stranded in a building. 
    • Campus Safety will dispatch emergency personnel to assist. 

Important Contacts

Emergency: 911

Campus Safety
St. George/UTSC: 416-978-2222
UTM: 905-569-4333

Campus Safety
St. George: 416-978-2323
UTSC: 416-287-7398
UTM: 905-828-5200


  • Evacuation of a building or area may occur at the direction of Campus Safety or Emergency Services in the event of a significant threat such as a fire, a flood, a power outage, a bomb threat, a chemical release, or an active attacker.
  • You may be notified of the need to evacuate by way of the fire alarm, or through other emergency notification systems, such as UTAlert.
  • For more information on the emergency notification systems used at U of T, head to our Stay Connected section.

Other Guidelines and Tools

Shelter in Place
Emergency Meeting Points
Campus Status