RESPOND TO FIRE ALARMS IMMEDIATELY
- If the alarm sounds and/ or emergency strobes begin to blink, evacuate immediately.
- NEVER assume that a fire alarm is a false alarm
EXIT THE AREA IMMEDIATELY.
- Close all doors as you leave.
- DO NOT delay evacuation to retrieve items.
- Activate the closest fire alarm pull station along your evacuation route.
- Call 911 and report the emergency after you are out of the building and safe.
- If the fire is small enough, you may attempt to extinguish it with a portable fire extinguisher, ONLY IF:
- The fire alarm pull station has been activated.
- 911 has been notified.
- You are properly trained to do so.
- If leaving a room, feel the door with the back of your hand before opening it. Do not open any door that feels hot.
- If smoke is present, stay low. The best quality air is near the floor.
- Always use the stairs to exit upper floors.
- DO NOT use the elevator.
- Once the building is evacuated, do not re-enter it for any reason. Return to the building ONLY when instructed to do so by emergency responders or administrators.
- DO NOT return for personal belongings.
- Direct and assist visitors and persons with disabilities who appear to need direction or assistance.
IF YOU ARE TRAPPED AND CANNOT EVACUATE
- Close any doors between you and the fire.
- If available, wedge wet towels or cloth materials along the bottom of the door to keep out smoke.
- Call 911 and notify the dispatcher of your location.
- Remain on the phone with the 911 dispatcher as long as possible.
- Break a window only as a last resort, such as needing oxygen to breathe.
- Use caution when breaking any window.