Emergency Procedure - Fire

Building occupants are required by law to evacuate a building when the fire alarm sounds.

  1. Inform people in the immediate area to evacuate.
  2. Activate the nearest building fire alarm.
  3. Call 911 if safe to do so. Otherwise, evacuate the building and call 911 from outside the building.
  4. If the fire is small (wastebasket sized or smaller) and you have been trained to use a fire extinguisher, you may attempt to extinguish the fire. Make sure that you have a safe exit from the fire area and use the buddy system.
  5. To use a fire extinguisher, remember the acronym PASS:
    • P ull the pin.
    • A im the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
    • S queeze the handle.
    • S weep the extinguisher from side to side.
  6. Evacuate the building as soon as the alarm sounds and proceed to the designated evacuation meeting point.
  7. On your way out, warn others near by.
  8. Move away from fire and smoke. Close doors and windows if time permits.
  9. Touch closed doors; do not open them if they are hot.
  10. If doors are hot, place a wet cloth at the base to keep smoke from entering.
  11. Use stairs only. Do not use elevators.
  12. Move well away from the building and go to your designated meeting point.
  13. Do not re-enter the building or work area until you have been instructed to do so by the emergency responders.

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