A building evacuation can be initiated for several reasons; fire, gas leak, hazardous material release. In most cases, the fire alarm is utilized to evacuate a building. When the fire alarm is heard, it is a signal that an evacuation is necessary and you should
- Safely stop what you are doing.
- Gather your personal property that is near you.
- Leave the area closing doors and windows.
- Calmly leave the building utilizing the nearest emergency exit / stairwell.
- Once outside, move away from the building
- After an evacuation, do NOT re-enter the building until directer to do so by emergency personnel.
General tips about evacuations
- Familiarize yourself with your surroundings prior to an evacuation order or fire alarm.
- Locate the nearest :
- emergency stairwell,
- fire pull station,
- fire extinguisher and
- emergency phone.
- Avoid evacuating by elevator, escalator or using open staircases. Always follow illuminated evacuation signs.
- Know that fire alarm bells always signifies an evacuation order.
- If an emergency door fails to open, hold the door's exit bar for 15 seconds or pull the blue lever next to the door to release the door's magnet.