Fire Procedures

If you discover a fire:

  • Rescue - Remove anyone in the immediate area and
  • Alarm - Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station to evacuate the building and call 9-1-1.
  • Confine – Close (don’t lock) all doors and windows as you leave.
  • Extinguish - Attempt to extinguish the fire only if it is safe to do so.

Evacuation strategies:

  • If there is smoke or heat, stay low. Crawl to the nearest exit if need be.
  • Before opening any door, feel it with the back of your hand near the top. If it is hot, do not open it. Use another exit.
  • If the door is not hot, open it cautiously and be prepared to close it quickly if there is excessive smoke.
  • Leave the area by the nearest stairway that is clear of smoke (Do not use elevators).
  • Assemble outside in a pre-designated area.
  • Do not re-enter the building until notified to do so.

If you become trapped, do the following:

  • Retreat. Close as many doors between you and the fire as possible. Look for fire-rated walls or doors.
  • Place a blanket or similar article along the bottom of the door to keep smoke out. If possible, wet the material first.
  • Hang a light-colored material out the window to attract attention of rescue teams below.
  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Do NOT jump!
  • Do NOT break open windows!