People living in a High-Rise Apartment or Condominium building need to think ahead and be prepared in the event of a fire. It is important to know the fire safety features of your building and work together with neighbors to help keep the buildings as fire-safe as possible
For the best protection, select a fully sprinklered building to live in.
LEARN YOUR BUILDING FEATURES!!!
Fire alarms, sprinklers, voice communication procedures, evacuation plans and how to respond to an alarm
«Know the locations of all available exit stairs from your floor in case the nearest one is blocked by fire or smoke.
«Make sure all exit and stairwell doors are clearly marked, not locked or blocked by security bars and clear of clutter
«If there is a fire, pull the fire alarm on your way out to notify the Fire Department and your neighbors
«If the Fire Alarm sounds, feel the door before opening and close all doors behind you as you leave. If it is hot, use another way out. If it is cool, leave by the nearest way out.
«If an announcement is made throughout the building, listen carefully and follow directions.
«Use the stairs to get out — never use the elevator unless you are directed to by the Fire Department.
«GO to your outside meeting place and stay there. Call911. If someone is trapped in the building, notify the 911 Operator
«If you can’t get out of your apartment because there is fire, smoke or a disability, stuff wet towels or sheets around the door and vents to keep the smoke out.
«Call 911 and tell the 911 Operator where you are.
«Open a window slightly and wave a bright cloth to signal your location. Be prepared to close the window if it makes the smoke condition worse.
«A Fire Department evacuation of a High-Rise can take a long time, be patient and follow all instructions
High-Rise Buildings are more likely to have sprinklers and fire alarm equipment than other non High-Rise
Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility...