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Fire and Life Safety

  1. If you discover a fire or smoke, sound the building fire alarm. Know the location of the alarm signal and how they operate.
  2. The officer at the Main Lobby reception desk will notify the Fire Department by dialing 9-1-1 when an alarm is transmitted.
  3. WHEN THE FIRE ALARM SOUNDS, leave at once. Close the doors behind you and proceed into the fire exit and remain there until you are given instructions by the Fire Department or the Building Fire Marshal. Fire exits are safe areas of refuge, since they are enclosed with doors and walls that are fire rated to keep smoke and heat from entering the stairs.
  4. WHEN THE ALERT TONE SOUNDS, please stand by for verbal instructions from the Building emergency control center by the way of the voice communication system. Do not enter the fire exits, do not evacuate.
  5. WHEN THE EVACUATION ALARM SOUNDS LEAVE AT ONCE. Close door behind you. Proceed into the fire exit and LEAVE THE BUILDING.
  6. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. If power fails, the elevators will stop, causing the occupants to become trapped. Since elevator shaft ways are like chimneys, smoke could enter the elevator shaft thereby asphyxiating the occupants who are trying to evacuate the building.
  7. Feel the door the leads from your office to the corridor before opening it. If it is hot or smoke is seeping in, do not open. If you cannot reach the fire exit, keep the door closed and seal off any cracks. Use your telephone to call the Fire Department by dialing 9-1-1, and give the address of the building, the floor you are on, and the office number.
  8. If the door feels cool, open cautiously. Be prepared to close it quickly if the corridor is filled with smoke or if you feel heat pressure against the door. If the corridor is clear, proceed with the building evacuation instructions.
  9. PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED: A responsible person or persons that work in the same area as a disabled person should be assigned to assist in the event of fire. Individuals with mobility limitations are to be taken to the fire exit and remain on the landing until assisted by the Fire Department.
  10. If caught in smoke or heat, stay low where the air is better. Take short breaths through your nose until you reach an area of refuge.

IMPORTANT: Fire exits are safe areas of refuge. Fire exit doors must remain closed at all times so that smoke and heat cannot enter the stairway. These exits are not to be used for storage of any type. They must remain clear and well-lit at all times. If you see a door tied, propped open, or blocked, please report it to the Office of the Building immediately.

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