Building emergency procedures

Patients and visitors to The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (RDHM) are asked to carefully read the following instructions in case of an emergency.

In the event of an emergency:

  • Do not panic and remain calm.
  • Listen carefully to announcements and alarm tones.
  • If you require assistance, you should tell a warden (any person wearing yellow or red hard hats).
  • Do not use the lifts.
  • Only exit the building when told to do so by one of the wardens.
  • Once evacuated, do not re-enter the building until you are told it is all clear.

Should an emergency occur, an announcement will be made and repeated via the overhead speakers, stating the type of emergency.

In the event of fire

If you see either fire or smoke, report it by:

  • breaking glass alarms and
  • notifying a staff member.

Two different fire alarm tones, increasing in volume, will be heard in conjunction with announcements via overhead speakers.

The first tone is:

Alert tone - “Burp, Burp, Burp, Burp”

(6 second duration) followed by…

Evacuate tone - “Wooop, Wooop, Wooop, Wooop”

(30 second duration) followed by an announcement to evacuate the building.

Assembly areas

If you are asked to evacuate the hospital, the safe assembly areas are:

1. North - West corner, Swanston & Grattan Streets
2. North - East corner, Swanston & Faraday Streets
3. South - West corner, Faraday & Cardigan Streets

Below is an map of the assembly areas and exit / escape paths are located on each floor.

RDHM Emergency Assembly Points

Got a question? Email: or call 9341 1349.