Fires can spread quickly. It is critical to know what to do in the case of a fire so you can immediately respond appropriately.
1. Be Prepared:
- Know the locations of alarms and the extinguishers and how to activate or use them.
- Know all building exit routes. Elevators should not be used for exit in the event of a fire. Keep exit routes free of obstructions.
- Have emergency telephone numbers attached or posted by telephones.
2. If fire is suspected or discovered
- Activate the fire alarm and call 911. Give as much information as possible, including the building name and number and the location of the possible fire.
- Restrictive markings such as Confidential or Personal, etc.
- Never attempt to fight a fire alone.
- Where there is no alarm, warn other occupants by knocking on doors and shouting a warning.
- Leave the building. As you exit, close doors and windows behind you to prevent the fire’s spread. Go to the nearest exit or stairwell. Do not use elevators. If the nearest exit is blocked by fire, heat or smoke, go to the alternate exit.
- If there is smoke in your room or in the corridors, stay down near the floor.
- Before opening a door, feel the door and/or knob. If either is hot, do not open the door.
- Open doors slowly. If heat or heavy smoke is present, close the door and stay in the room. Open a window to let heat and smoke out and fresh air in.
- If you are trapped in your room, call 911 and give your location. Hang an object out the window to attract attention.