Utilities failure

Find out what to do if you discover a water outage or gas leak, or there is a power cut.

Water failure

  • Use other sources of water for drinking and hygiene purposes, such as unaffected neighbouring buildings or personal emergency supplies.
  • As water pressure may be restored at any time without notice, ensure all taps are turned off to avoid flooding.

Electricity failure

  • Campus-wide telephone communications will continue to operate during a power outage.
  • If evacuation is necessary, battery powered illuminated EXIT signs and emergency lighting will indicate exit paths.
  • People stranded in lifts will be able to communicate with Campus Security or the Lift Company directly using the lift emergency button or phone.
  • Make sure someone remains with anyone who is disabled and cannot leave the building. Call Campus Security on 8888 (0800 842 8888) for assistance.
  • In labs, specific procedures will operate during a power outage. Make sure you are aware of these procedures.
  • Keep all refrigerators and freezers closed.
  • Building access control systems will continue to operate for a limited time, after which doors will automatically revert to free access. A manual lockdown will then be initiated by Campus Security.
  • Always treat all electrical equipment as live, as power may be restored at any time without notice.

Gas failure or leak

  • If you discover a gas leak, warn your colleagues.
  • DO NOT activate building alarms, use mobile phones, hand held radios or other electronic equipment.
  • If it is safe to do so, turn off ventilation and machinery and make sure that naked flames are extinguished.
  • Evacuate the building—avoiding the areas of contamination and closing doors behind you.
  • After evacuating, notify Campus Security on 8888 (0800 842 8888) from a safe location, and give as much detail as possible.
  • Do not return to the building until the ‘all clear’ has been given.