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Planned Escape From Fire
expects a fire. But it's very important to have a plan just in case there is
one. Fire can happen anywhere: in your home, apartment or place of business.
of a fire, what you don't know can hurt you. Keep in mind, fires don't
always happen to someone else. ESCAPE PLANS WILL DIFFER FOR EACH TYPE OF
UP TO YOU TO PLAN THE PROPER ESCAPE FROM YOUR PARTICULAR BUILDING.
HAVE A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN
Have a family meeting to discuss what to do if there is a fire. Practice
USE APPROVED WINDOW
Only use approved window gates. Do not use a padlock which will prevent
your escape from a fire.
DECIDE ON A MEETING
PLACE OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING
By deciding on a meeting place outside and away from the building, you
will know if everyone has gotten out safely.
SEND THE ALARM
Dial 911 to report a fire. Use the local Fire Alarm Box.
WALK QUICKLY, DON'T
Feel the door on your way out with the back of your hand. If the door is
hot, do not open. Close door behind you to slow the spread of fire.
USE THE STAIRS
Don't use the elevator. It may stop and trap you.
Try to place one hand in contact with the wall. This may prevent you from
STAY LOW AND GO
If there's smoke, escape by staying very low to the ground where air is
OPEN WINDOW IF TRAPPED
Open window at top to let out heat and smoke; and at the bottom to
If you cannot get out, wave a sheet out the window.
DON'T GO BACK
Do not go back into a fire for anything! Your life is your MOST valuable
Apartment House Institute, NYC College of Technology, for the
Superintendents Technical Association