Fume Hood Failure


  • Ensure laboratory contacts for emergencies are up to date.



  • Fire 
    • Close the fume hood sash if the fire is in the fume hood
  • Ventilation failure 
    • Cease all operations that create hazardous fumes, gases or vapors 
    • Stop chemical reactions and de-energize electrical equipment
    • Close fume hood sash
    • Notify all lab personnel
    • Report the ventilation failure to PI and post a note on the fume hood
    • Contact Facilities Management (FM) for repairs as soon as possible
    • Do not attempt to restart any ventilation equipment or reset the chemical fume hood.


  • If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.