General Fire Safety Guidelines: Fire safety is everyone's responsibility

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Fire safety requires constant vigilance to reduce the risk of a fire, using the provision and detection and alarm systems, and well-practiced emergency and evacuation procedures in the event of a fire.

Fire safety involves numerous safety issues including fire prevention, fire suppression, and emergency evacuation/response. Fire safety is everyone's responsibility.


The Effects of a Fire

Most fires produce an immense amount of smoke that is highly toxic. In fact, smoke is responsible for more fire fatalities than flames. A smoky fire can have the following effect on humans:

➧Within 30 seconds - Disorientation
➧Within 2 minutes - Unconsciousness
➧Within 3 minutes - Death

Timing is critical during a fire. To ensure your safety, you must know how to prevent and respond to any fire emergency.


Fire Prevention

The greatest protection against property loss and injuries from fire is prevention. Follow these guidelines to promote fire/life safety:

⏩Never tamper with fire safety equipment
⏩Do not use open flames for anything
⏩Report worn or damaged cords
⏩Minimize combustible storage.
⏩Store waste materials in suitable containers.
⏩Use flammable materials in well-ventilated areas.
⏩Use and store flammables away from ignition sources, such as cigarettes.
⏩Keep equipment in good working order. Have electrical wiring and appliances inspected regularly.
⏩Ensure that heating units are properly safeguarded.
⏩Report and repair all gas leaks immediately.
⏩Conduct hot work in well-ventilated areas.
⏩Test enclosed or confined spaces for flammable atmospheres.
⏩Use open flames carefully. Do not use open flames where flammable atmospheres may be present.

Fire Response

If you see a fire or smoke, or if you smell smoke, complete the following steps:

1. Pull the fire pull station to begin evacuating the building.

2. If you are not in immediate danger, call 911 to report the fire. Provide the operator with the following information:

✓Building or area name
✓Approximate location of the fire
✓Size and type of fire
✓Your name

3. Exit the building by following posted evacuation routes. Do not use elevators during an emergency.

NOTE: Evacuation plans and fire drills are essential for building occupants to respond correctly to a fire alarm.

Evacuation Procedures for Individuals with Disabilities

Individuals Who Need Assistance During An Evacuation Are Encouraged To Identify And Discuss With Someone In Advance Who Might Assist Them In Leaving The Building And/Or Who Will Inform Emergency Personnel Of Their Presence And Where They Are Located So That Further Assistance Can Be Provided.

➲Ask for assistance to the nearest exit or room near a stairway or a window.
➲Note the room number or location where you are. Ask someone leaving the building to notify emergency personnel of your location and further assistance will be provided.
➲If a phone is available, call 911. State your location so emergency personnel can be directed to you.

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