These ideas are from several pamphlets, available from the National Fire Safety Association and the American Insurance Association. Contact the Fire Marshal for more details.
Sound the alarm and contact the fire department, no matter how small the fire appears to be.
- Leave the area quickly, following primary or secondary escape routes previously established.
- If you encounter smoke or flame during you exit, use an alternative exit. Heat and smoke rise, leaving cleaner air near the flor. If you must exit through smoke, crawl on your hands and knees, keeping your head in the “safety zone” 12 to 24 inches above the floor.
- Test doors before you open them. Kneeling or crouching at the door, reach up as high as you can and touch the door, the knob, and the space between the door and its frame with the back of your hand. If the door is warm, use another escape route. If the door is cool, open it slowly, being prepared to close it quickly if you encounter smoke or flames.
- Follow directions for evacuation from fire and security personnel. Once outside, move away from the building, out of the way of fire fighters. Remain outside until the fire department says you may go back in.
In some high rise buildings, the fire emergency plan requires workers in areas not directly involved in the fire to remain in the building until instructed otherwise by fire fighters.