If You Discover a Fire

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 You should...

  • Leave the fire area and close the door to the area.
  • Sound the fire alarm.
  • Immediately evacuate the building via the shortest and safest route. (Proper use of fire extinguishers within extinguisher limits and by trained individuals is optional but should not be attempted until building alarm is actuated and people are evacuated.
  • Do not use elevators. A fire can disrupt the operation of elevators and trap occupants inside.
  • If you notice smoke, use the alternate escape route.
  • Test doors with the back of your hand before opening them. If the door is warm or if you notice smoke, use an alternative escape route. Check paths for safety before proceeding and close doors behind you.
  • Crawl low if you have to go through smoke.
  • Go to a safe area or to a pre-assigned exterior area for your building.
  • From the nearest phone in a safe area, call 9-1-1.
  • Await emergency response personnel at safe location and direct them to the scene.
  • If you suspect that someone is missing or trapped, contact the emergency personnel outside the building.
  • If you are trapped during a fire emergency, close all doors between you and the fire and stuff cracks around the doors to keep out smoke. Wait at a safe window and signal/call for help. If there is a phone in the room, call 9-1-1 and tell them exactly where you are.
  • Stop, Drop, and Roll if your clothing catches fire.