It is extremely important that all Tenants evacuate in the precise manner established, and to the exact area designated by their Emergency Coordinator.
The following evacuation procedures should be observed:
- Before opening any door to the corridor, check the door and doorknob for heat. If it is warm, stay in your office, and if possible, caulk around the door seams using wet towels or “duct” tape. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR! Find another exit to the corridor.
- If both your door and doorknob are cool, and you leave your office:
- Check for smoke in the corridor.
- When smoke is present, stay low by crawling since clean air is closest to the floor.
- Everyone should proceed quickly, but calmly to the nearest stairwell. DO NOT RUN. All the stairwells are constructed with fire-resistant materials to provide safe evacuation for building occupants.
- DO NOT PANIC. Panic is the most harmful and most difficult element to control in an emergency. Avoiding panic is accomplished through the following steps:
- Knowledge of procedures which must be followed.
- Confidence in the Emergency Coordinator’s ability and guidance.
- DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE THE ELEVATORS. Elevators report to the main lobby where the doors will open during building alarm and are not available for use.
- Check stairwells for smoke.
- Once you are in the stairwell, should you encounter smoke on your descent, get out of the stairwell into any clear corridor and proceed to a different stairwell.
- Evacuate to the exact area designated by your Emergency Coordinator.
- If your designated evacuation area is outside of the building, move to areas away from the building to ensure you do not inhibit fire-fighting activities. The stairwells exit the building on the ground floor into corridors that lead directly to outside exits.
- The Emergency Coordinator should walk the suite to assist employees and make sure everyone is aware of the evacuation order.
- The last person leaving any enclosed office area should close the office door without locking it. This will help to confine any fire until the arrival of the Fire Department.
- Form a single-file line at the stairwell exit door and proceed calmly and carefully to the stairwell designated in your evacuation instructions. Do not open any door without first checking to see if it is hot. Once the evacuation has begun, no one should attempt to re-enter the evacuated area until it has been declared safe by Fire Department officials or Building Management.
- During evacuation, handicapped persons should be helped into a stairwell. The Emergency Coordinators should notify the Management Office as to the location of handicapped employees so that security personnel may respond to assist in their evacuation if necessary.
- Each Emergency Coordinator should proceed to take a headcount to determine if everyone is accounted for. If someone is missing, this information should be relayed to Building Management.
- If evacuation of an area is not possible because all escape routes are blocked by fire or thick smoke, the following procedures should be observed:
- Move as far away from the fire as possible. Close all doors as you go. Every closed door between you and the fire provides a barrier against smoke.
- If a phone is accessible, call the Fire Department (911) and then the Management Office at 550-5575 with your precise location.
- Stuff clothing or other materials around ventilation ducts and cracks in the doors to prevent smoke-filled air from penetrating the area.
- DO NOT BREAK THE WINDOW GLASS. Under certain conditions, an open window may draw smoke into the area.