IF YOU DISCOVER A FIRE, you should remain calm and:
- Pull the fire alarm in the nearest fire pull station. Fire pull stations are located at the entrance to the stairwells.
- Call 911 from a safe location.
- Notify the Property Management Office, after calling 911.
- Evacuate or relocate and assist all the others in the immediate area.
- Close doors behind you to isolate the fire.
- Proceed to the closest stairwell and exit the building. NEVER use the elevators.
- Be cautious when opening doors so as not to spread the fire; before opening any door, touch it first to ensure it isn’t hot.
- If smoke is present, stay low and crawl with your body against the floor. The clearest air is near the floor. If forced to make a dash through smoke or flame, hold your breath and cover your nose and mouth.
- If you cannot exit the building, go to a window and make a signal so the fire personnel can see where you are and then look for a window that has the symbol of a fireman’s helmet since this indicates a window that firemen can easily remove.
- Once outside, move at least 500 feet away from the building so others can safely evacuate, and go to your organization’s pre-determined assembly area.
- Stay away from the building so the fire department can work quickly and to avoid injury from window breakage.
- Assign two individuals from your staff to monitor any evacuation. These individuals should be responsible for ensuring everyone evacuates from your offices and securing the premises. The evacuation of any disabled individuals should be assigned to someone else in your organization.
- Emergency personnel will assist in directing and giving specific instructions to your employees. The directions given by the fire department and Property Management staff should be followed at all times.