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Fire Emergencies

Fires can spread quickly. Know what to do to respond in the right way.

Prepare for Possible Fires

  1. Know the location of alarms and fire extinguishers. 
  2. Know how to use and activate alarms and extinguishers. 
  3. Know all building exit routes.  
  4. Do not use elevators to exit the building when there is a fire.  
  5. Keep exit routes free of obstructions. 
  6. Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones. 

If a Fire is Suspected or Discovered

  1. Never attempt to fight a fire alone. 
  2. Activate a fire alarm and call 911. Give as much information as possible, including the building name, number, and location of the possible fire. 
  3. Notify your supervisor or building coordinator.  
  4. If there is no fire alarm, warn other occupants by knocking on doors and shouting a warning. 
  5. If there is smoke in your room or in the corridors, stay down near the floor. 
  6. Before opening a door, feel the door and the doorknob. If either is hot, do not open the door. 
  7. Open doors slowly. If heat or heavy smoke is present, close the door and stay in the room. Open a window to allow heat to escape and bring fresh air in.  
  8. If you are trapped in your room, call 911 and give your location. Hang an object out of the window to attract attention.

Exit the Building

  1. As you exit, close doors and windows behind you to prevent the fire from spreading.  
  2. Go to the nearest exit or stairwell.  
  3. Do not use elevators. 
  4. If the nearest exit is blocked by fire, heat, or smoke, go to the nearest alternate exit.