IF THERE WAS A FIRE AT YOUR WORKPLACE, WOULD YOU KNOW HOW TO RESPOND?
IF A FIRE DOES BREAK OUT AT WORK, YOU WILL NEED TO ACT QUICKLY.
Take it seriously.
Treat every alarm as a real fire emergency, do not assume that it is a drill. Follow instructions and go to the nearest meeting point.
Call the Emergency Response Team.
If you discover a fire, never wait to investigate the situation before reporting it. Delays allow fires to grow and further endanger the you, your colleagues and the property.
Close doors as you leave.
You should close doors and cabinets behind you as you evacuate, as this can help reduce the spread of smoke and fire throughout the building.
Do not take the elevator.
Elevators can quickly become filled with smoke. Entrapment can occur because they often fail during emergencies.
The elevators also need to be available for arriving firefighters.
If you cannot get out.
If you are trapped in the building, create a “refuge” room sealed with wet cloths under doors and in cracks to protect against smoke.
Do not break windows, and stay low under any smoke present in the room.
Use a phone or hang something in the window so that emergency personnel will know that you need help.
FIRE EXTINGUISHER “PASS”
Only attack a fire if it is small enough and trained personnel are not around.
Before approaching the fire, determine a safe evacuation route that does not contain flames, excessive heat or smoke. Do not allow this evacuation route to become blocked.
P - Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
A - Aim the hose nozzle low toward the base of the fire.
S - Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the base of the flames until extinguished.
If the fire grows beyond what can be safely handled, evacuate immediately!