FIRE / EVACUATION PROCEDURES

IF YOU DISCOVER A FIRE:

  1. Manually activate the building’s fire alarm system as you exit the building.
  2. Immediately evacuate the building, closing doors and windows behind you.
  3. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  4. Locate persons with disabilities, and provide assistance if possible.
  5. Otherwise, provide their location to emergency responders.
  6. When your safety is not in jeopardy, call 911 and provide the following information.
    1. Name of the building.
    2. Location of the fire within the building.
    3. A description of the fire and (if known) how it started.
  7. Report to your department’s designated emergency assembly area to be accounted for.

ONCE THE FIRE ALARM IS ACTIVATED:

  1. Walk quickly to the nearest exit. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS
  2. If you are able, help those who need special assistance.
  3. Notify fire personnel if you believe someone may still be in the building.
  4. Gather away from the building and emergency responders at the emergency assembly area.
  5. DO NOT re-enter the building until the fire department or police personnel give an all clear.

IF CAUGHT IN SMOKE:

  1. Do not breathe the smoke!
  2. If you encounter smoke, stay low and go!
  3. Breathe through your nose, and use a shirt or towel to breathe through, if possible.

IF TRAPPED IN A BUILDING:

  1. If possible, move to a room with an outside window.
  2. Close all doors and windows.
  3. Stuff clothing, towels or paper around the cracks in the door to help keep smoke out of your refuge.
  4. Attempt to signal people outside of the building. If there is a telephone, call 911and tell the dispatcher where you are. Do this even if you can see fire department personnel from the window.
  5. Stay where rescuers can see you through the window, and wave a light-colored item to attract their attention.
  6. Be patient. Rescue of occupants within large structures will take time.

FIRE / EVACUATION PROCEDURES