FIRE AND SAFETY EVACUATION PLAN
1. All tenants and their employees should become familiar with evacuation procedures to ensure their safety.
2. Tenant Safety Warden(s) and Assistant Safety Warden(s) should be appointed by each tenant office, as appropriate for the tenant’s space layout and number of occupants in each suite, to account for persons in each area or department.
3. When the fire emergency alarm sounds on your floor, vacate offices and hallways via the nearest exit stairwell. Follow your Office Evacuation Plan and the instructions of the Tenant Safety Warden(s) and Assistant Safety Warden(s). Tenants should exit in a brisk but orderly pace via the designated stairwells.
Please make sure that all employees in your department use the same method of egress in order to obtain an accurate head count of your staff. Tenant Safety Warden(s) and Assistant Safety Warden(s) will monitor the evacuation of each floor. The Tenant Safety Warden(s) will assist in the evacuation of all disabled persons.
4. In a fire emergency, if occupants of any floor are in immediate danger of casualty (e.g., fire spreading rapidly on a floor), the Tenant Safety Warden(s) of that floor will request right-of-way from the Tenant Safety Warden(s) below, who will then hold that floor’s occupants until the floor in danger can be evacuated. A right-of-way request will be honored whenever possible. However, right-of-way requests are to be used only in emergency situations. It is essential that the lower floors in the building be evacuated with all haste if the upper floors are to avoid a catastrophic traffic jam. At the time of evacuation, Tenant Safety Warden(s) will request of evacuating employees that all doors be left shut, BUT NOT LOCKED, and that all lights be switched off.
5. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS AT ANY TIME FOR ANY REASON. USE THE STAIRWELLS.
6. Once outside of the building, your employees should assemble at a predetermined assembly area of your choosing so an initial head count can be made by your Tenant Safety Warden(s). Your predetermined assembly area should be away from the front of the building and not in an area that would delay the emergency personnel’s access to the building. Please keep all employees clear of the building and any emergency equipment.
7. Do not, under any circumstances, use the elevators in an emergency. If you are riding in an elevator when the alarm sounds, immediately exit to the Lobby level and leave the building through the nearest Exit door.
8. In an emergency remain calm, do not run. Walk to safety.
9. Assist all handicapped employees to the stairwell. Notify the Fire Department upon their arrival of the person’s location.
10. The tenant’s Safety Wardens should report to the lobby security desk that their floors are clear or of any other issue regarding their suite.
11. Wait for an announcement from building management, fire department or police that it is safe to re-enter the building and return to your office.
AN EMPLOYEE DISCOVERING A FIRE SHOULD:
1. Alert those in the immediate area where the fire is located to vacate that location.
2. Close the door(s) to contain the fire, but DO NOT LOCK.
3. Activate the Fire Alarm pull station located in the corridor in the area, and dial 911, and/or your Tenant Safety Warden(s) who will notify the Building Engineer (Fire Safety Director).
4. Leave the building by the nearest stairwell or as directed by emergency personnel and/or your Tenant Safety Warden(s).
5. The Tenant Safety Warden(s) on the floor where the fire has started will not attempt to contain or put out the fire with the extinguishers. His or her major concern is to evacuate the floor so that emergency personnel from the fire department can contain and put out the fire.
6. Prior to leaving your office, feel the door before opening. If it is hot, or if smoke is seeping through the cracks, do not open it. Try another door if one is available.
7. If you are in smoke, stay low or crawl on the ground where the air is better. Take short breaths until you reach a stairwell. Once in the stairwell, you are in a relatively safe area and can move at a more normal pace.
8. If you become trapped in your office and cannot reach an alternate exit, keep the door closed and seal off the cracks. Signal from a window for help. Do not panic or jump.
9. If the door feels cool, open it cautiously, and proceed with the evacuation procedures closing the door behind you.
10. Evacuate using the stairs and do not attempt to use the elevator as fire may cause the elevator to go directly to the fire floor or stop between floors.
11. Proceed to the predetermined location for staff members to meet after evacuating the fire area.
12. Do not go back into the building and/or the affected area until permitted to do so by the Fire Department and/or the Building management.