Fire Alarms & Fire Drills

When you hear a fire alarm or see flashing fire strobes, evacuate the building immediately!


Texas A&M University at Galveston requires that all buildings on campus have at least one fire drill annually. Residential buildings are required to have three.

  • During a fire drill, representatives from Environmental Health & Safety are looking for the following things:
  • All people have evacuated the building
  • All doors and windows are closed
  • All halls, stairwells, fire system components, and walkways are clear and accessible
  • Elevators are bypassed in favor of stairs
  • All people have moved at least 50 feet from the building (walls and doors; 50 feet from an entrance is not the same as 50 feet from the building)
  • The building was completely evacuated in under 4 minutes (11 minutes for buildings taller than 3 floors)

Upon inspection of the building, representatives from Environmental Health & Safety will cite the building for the following:

  • More than one open door or window
  • Failure to evacuate in the required time
  • Failure to evacuate without an order to do so by an Environmental Health & Safety official
  • Objects in halls or stairwells
  • Any fire hazards that are contrary to NFPA Code or TAMUG life safety procedures

Should a building fail a fire drill, a remedial fire drill will be held within 7 days following a report of deficiencies.


It is important to be familiar with your evacuation routes before a fire. Take note of the two nearest exits to your office, room, or workspace. You should always have two ways out of your building. It is natural to use only one way in and out of your building, particularly when you take the elevator to an upper floor. Familiarize yourself with the stairwells and where they lead before an evacuation is necessary.


  • Use stairs
  • DO NOT use elevators
  • Walk
  • DO NOT run
  • Move 50 feet from the building once outside
  • There is no such thing as a "false alarm" evacuation is mandatory and sensible whenever the fire alarm is activated
  • Failure to evacuate during a fire alarm may result in disciplinary action, fine, injury, or death


2018 Building Inspection and Fire Drill Schedule


January                        3029

February                     3026, 3104

March                          3027, 3002

April                            3001, 3025

May                             3005 A & B,

June                            3033

July                             3031, 3032

August                       3007

September                3003, 3006,

October                      3010, 3018

November                 3004, 3030

December                 3028, 3034

The initial inspection and drill will be conducted in the 1st week of the month and a report generated to give to responsible party to correct items.

30 Days will be given for most corrections.

A follow up inspection will be conducted on or after the 30 days to check for compliance and then will be turned over to compliance if items are not addressed.