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When you hear the fire alarm - LEAVE the area immediately, closing all doors behind you.


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Follow the main evacuation route, but be prepared to use an alternate evacuation route.


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If you must evacuate through smoke, get down and crawl.  Heat and deadly smoke rise and cleaner air will be 12" to 24" above the floor.


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If you must open doors while evacuating, test the doors before opening.  Use the back of your hand to touch the door, the door knob and the door frame.  If they are hot, use an alternate evacuation route.  If they are cool, brace yourself against the door and slowly open the door; if smoke and heat are present, close the door and use an alternate evacuation route.


 

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Use stairways - NEVER use an elevator.  In a fire, elevator shafts may fill with smoke, or may have power failure - leaving you trapped!

 

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Once outside, move to your designated assembly areas away from the firefighters.  Tell the fire department if anyone is left in the building.  Stay outside the building until the fire department has indicated that the building is safe to re-enter.


 

If you are Trapped!

 

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Stay Calm - you can take steps to protect yourself.

If possible go to a room with an outside window and a phone.  Call UPD at ext: 2611 and give your exact location.  If there is no phone - wave an object out the window ( a sheet or jacket), to signal for help.  Be ready to shut the window if smoke enters the room.

Keep all doors between you and the fire closed.  Cover all vents and seal cracks around the doors to keep out smoke.

Be patient, trained rescue people will arrive to assist you.

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