If you encounter a fire:
- Alert others and pull the closest fire alarm.
- Evacuate the building.
- Do not use the elevator.
- Grab your purse/wallet/keys.
- Close all doors behind you as you leave.
- Evacuate to your building assembly point (located at least 200 feet away from the building).
- Do not re-enter the building until the fire department or police makes the all-clear announcement.
- Call 911.
- Provide as much additional information as you can, such as where the fire (building name and address) is and if there are people inside.
- Self report basic personal information to emergency response personnel for tracking.
Should you extinguish a fire?
- For a small fire, try to extinguish it. (See below for extinguisher directions)
- Do NOT use an extinguisher if:
- You are not comfortable putting out the fire.
- Heavy smoke is filling the room or it is difficult to breath.
- Your escape route could be blocked.
- The fire is large or spreading rapidly (larger than a trashcan).
- The fire is partially hidden behind a wall or ceiling.
- There are hazardous materials (flammable liquids) present.
- If the above listed conditions exist, close any doors present and evacuate instead.
How to use a fire extinguisher:
- Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher.
- Aim the hose at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the metal handle.
- Sweep the hose from side to side at the base of the fire.
How to use a fire extinguisher video at http://tinyurl.com/c2a53e5