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  • Activate the building fire alarm system. An alarm will sound to signal the evacuation of the building when a pull station is manually pulled. In many cases, the alarm will sound automatically due to the activation of a smoke detector or sprinkler head. This will initiate the evacuation of the building in accordance with evacuation procedures.
  • Call 911. Do not assume that you or others will be capable of containing the fire.
  • Practice fire safety procedures during the evacuation. When the alarm sounds, discontinue your current task and immediately evacuate the building.
    • DO NOT use the elevators.
    • If smoke is present, maintain contact with a wall.
    • Stay low. Smoke rises and clean air is nearest to the floor.
    • Use handrails while descending stairs.
    • Walk calmly; never panic or shove others.
    • Remove high-heeled or awkward shoes.
    • Before opening doors, test them to see if they are hot to the touch. If not, open the door slowly and be prepared to close it quickly if fire or smoke should enter.
    • Close doors behind you as you evacuate, but do not lock them. This will help confine the fire.
    • If your clothing should catch fire, stop, drop, and roll.

Should you become trapped by the fire,

  • Attempt to locate a room with an exterior window and stay there until help arrives. Place as much distance as possible between you and the fire.
  • Use the telephone to alert emergency personnel to your location.
  • If possible, open the window slightly. If available, hanging something from the window will provide an additional aid for emergency personnel to pinpoint your location.
  • Keep smoke out of the room by sealing cracks around doors.

Once you are outside of the building,

  • Move to the designated meeting area for your office.
  • Do not interfere with the efforts of emergency crews.
  • Do not attempt to return to the building until fire personnel indicate it is safe to do so.


Captains and co-captains within each tenant suite should make certain employees are familiar with all emergency procedures, including the location of fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers, and emergency exits.

Participation in fire evacuation drills should be encouraged and utilized as a tool to improve emergency procedures.

All evacuation routes should be free of obstructions at all times.

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