High Rise Fire Safety Tips

This is fire safety week. With more people living in high rise apartments and condos its important to know what to do if a fire occurs in your building.

Here is how to best protect yourself and those around you:

If there is a Fire in your Unit
  • Close but do not lock the doors as you leave
  • Pull the fire alarm on your floor
  • Leave the building using the nearest stairway
  • Call 911 once you are in a safe spot
  • Meet firefighters to tell term where fire is located

What to do when you Hear the Fire Alarm

  • If possible leave the building as soon as possible
  • If you have to stay in your unit you will need to take steps to protect yourself from the smoke
What to do if you Leave your Unit
  • Check the door to your unit. If it or the door knob are hot do not open it and stay in the unit
  • Do not open the door if there is smoke entering from around the door
  • Do not use the elevator. Instead use a stairway that is smoke free
If you Stay in your Unit
  • Keep smoke from entering your unit using duck tape to seal cracks around the door and vents
  • Place wet towels at the bathroom of the door
  • Call 911 to tell them what unit you are stuck in
  • Move to the balcony closing but not locking the door behind you
  • If you do not have a balcony go to the most smoke free room
  • Keep low to the floor where the air is cleaner
  • Listen for instructions from authorities