Fire Response Guidelines

Quick Response Guidelines:

  1. Activate the nearest fire alarm.
  2. Evacuate the building; do not use elevators.
  3. Do not enter building until authorized by emergency personnel.
  4. Call 911.

Detailed Response Guidelines:


  • Sound the alarm to notify your co-workers, no matter how small the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Evacuate as quickly and as safely as possible.
  • Close doors in each room after escaping to delay the spread of the fire.
  • Use the stairs to escape. Do not use elevators.
  • When evacuating, stay low to the ground. If possible, cover mouth with a cloth to avoid inhaling smoke and gases.
  • Once outside, go to your department Evacuation Assembly Point, tell your supervisor or department floor warden that you are out of the building and report injured or trapped persons and any signs of building damage you observed.

If you are unable to leave the building, you should create an area of refuge:

  • Seal the room. Use wet cloth to stuff around cracks in doors and seal up vents to protect against smoke.
  • Do not break windows. Flames and smoke can come back in from the outside. If you need air, open the window a crack.
  • Stay low under smoke. The freshest air is near the floor. Keep a wet cloth over your nose and mouth, breath through your nose only.
  • Signal for help. Use the telephone, or hang something in the window.


  • Give first aid where appropriate. Seriously injured or burned victims should be transported to professional medical help immediately.
  • Stay out of damage buildings. Return to building when local fire authorities say it is safe.
  • Look for structural damage.
  • Discard food that has been exposed to heat, smoke, or soot.
  • Don’t discard damaged goods until after an inventory has been taken. Save receipts for money relating to fire loss.

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