Building fires can occur as a result of unsafe practices, mechanical failure, or external conditions, such as lightning striking a building. All building fires have the potential to injure or kill anyone in the vicinity and can cause extensive property damage. The dangers from fire are not only the result of visible flames, but are also due to extremely hot temperatures, smoke, and toxic gases.
If you get caught in a fire situation, take the following actions:
- Secure sensitive areas. If you work in a sensitive area, such as a research lab, kitchen, or cash register, secure these areas before leaving if possible to help prevent fire damage and/or theft.
- Exit the building immediately. Be sure to secure or take personal items with you. Do not use elevators. If the fire alarm has not already been activated, pull the alarm on your way out. Leave the building through the nearest exit. If the door handle is hot, don’t open the door. Instead, go to a window and call for help.
- Call 911. Once you have exited the building, call 911.
- Go to the designated assembly area. Go to and remain at the designated assembly area until instructed by emergency responders to move to another location. Attempt to account for all building occupants once at the assembly point. Obey the instructions of emergency response personnel at all times.
Posted on Oct 28, 2010 - 01:04 PM
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