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Fire Safety Tips Quick Reference Guide

Be Prepared for a Fire Emergency!

  • Be familiar with your building’s emergency evacuation plan.
  • Know the locations of all manual pull stations.
  • Remember fire safety is your personal responsibility.

If There is a Fire or Fire Alarm!

  • Leave the area quickly but in an orderly manner.
  • Avoid using elevators when evacuating.
  • Close doors when exiting (helps to limit the spread of smoke and fire throughout the building).
  • Exit in a single file and keep to the right using hand rails.
  • Try to help others, if you can do so safely.
  • Be patient.  High-rise evacuations take time.
  • Report to your designated meeting place.
  • Once you are out of the building, STAY OUT, do not re-enter the building until directed by authorities.


  • Stay low when there is smoke.  The cleanest air will be within one to two feet of the floor.
  • Before opening a door, use the back of your hand to touch the door, door knob, or door frame.  If any feel hot, don’t open it.  If cool, open the door slowly, leave the area and close the door behind you.
  • If your clothes catch on fire DO NOT RUN, STOP, DROP AND ROLL instead.
  • If unable to leave the building, 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 comeback in from the outside.
    • Stay low under the smoke.  The freshest air is near the floor.  Keep a wet cloth over your nose and mouth, breathe through your nose only.
    • Signal for help.  While waiting for rescuers, use the telephone, hang something in the window, wave an object or yell for help.