If you work in a
high-rise building there are basic steps you should take to help
ensure your safety and survival if you should ever be caught in
a fire or other critical situation and you needed to evacuate
the building. Every high-rise building has unique
characteristics including design, construction, condition and
use. As a result, these fire safety tips highlight only the
basics of emergency evacuation. SafePlace recommends that
everyone study and apply these basic tips.
you know before an emergency occurs?
Understand the building emergency evacuation plan.
Identify and practice the way
to at least two escape routes from your workstation to the
designated gathering place.
Count and remember how many
desks or cubicles and doors are between your workstation and
the two nearest exits, you may need to escape in the dark.
Know where the fire and
emergency reporting stations are and how to use them.
Recognize the sights and
sounds of fire and emergency evacuation alarms.
Document who to contact and
how to contact them at the time of an emergency.
Report blocked exits and
damaged or nonfunctioning building safety systems.
What should you do in
Listen carefully for
instructions over the building emergency public address
Evacuate immediately, quickly
and calmly, following posted evacuation instructions and the
building emergency evacuation plan.
Move directly to the nearest
fire and smoke free exit stairwell. If the nearest
stairwell is obstructed by smoke or fire, use your alternate
escape route. Be aware that the only available exit route
may contain limited amounts of smoke or fire.
Crawl low under smoke to
breathe cleaner air if there is a fire.
Test doors for heat before
opening them by placing the back of your hand against the
door. Do not open a hot door, find an alternate exit route.
Keep fire doors closed to slow the spread of smoke and fire.
Avoid using elevators when
evacuating a burning building.
Report to the designated
gathering place and make your presence known.
Never reenter the building
until directed by authorities.
trapped during an emergency, what should you do?
Stay calm so you can take
steps to protect yourself.
Retreat to a place with an
outside window remote from the fire, smoke or emergency
situation and telephone for help if possible.
Stuff clothing, towels or
papers in cracks around doors to prevent smoke from entering
Remain where rescuers can see
you and wave a bright-colored cloth or other conspicuous
object to attract attention.
Open a window if possible,
but be prepared to close it should smoke enter your space.
Avoid breaking windows.