Fire Provisions

IF YOU DISCOVER A FIRE OR SMELL SMOKE:

  • DO NOT PANIC! The building is equipped with a fire alarm system.
  • CALL 911.
  • SEAL THE FIRE AREA by closing all doors.
  • SOUND THE BUILIDNG ALARM - pull the manual "pull station" located next to the stairwell entrance. The automatic security monitoring system calls the Fire Department.
  • DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIGHT A SPREADING FIRE. Focus your efforts on evacuating in an orderly fashion and helping handicapped persons needing assistance. Small fires, such as a fire in a trash can, may be put out with a fire extinguisher.
  • NEVER ATTEMPT TO PUT OUT ANY SORT OF ELECTRICAL FIRE WITH WATER. Only a dry chemical or CO2 fire extinguisher should be used on electrical fires.
  • NOTIFY THE MANAGEMENT OFFICE at 703-761-7577.
  • NOTIFY YOUR TENANT CONTACT the alarm has been activated.
  • PROCEED TO THE NEAREST STAIRWELL EXIT and evacuate the building. DO NOT use the elevators.

When you evacuate the building, proceed to the appointed tenant evacuation area and look for your emergency coordinator. Each tenant is responsible for designating a meeting area away from the building.

IF YOU HEAR A FIRE ALARM:

  • DO NOT PANIC! Evacuate the building immediately if you see strobe lights flashing or hear sirens and "audible emergency alarms." YOU MUST ASSUME THERE IS A REAL FIRE EMERGENCY.
  • CLOSE THE DOORS BEHIND YOU and evacuate the building via the nearest stairwell.
  • NEVER USE AN ELEVATOR DURING A FIRE EMERGENCY! Smoke or flames could enter the elevator shaft.
  • FEEL THE DOOR that leads from your office to the corridor before opening it. If the door is HOT or SMOKE is seeping in, do not open it. If you become trapped in your office, keep the door closed and seal off any cracks. Use a phone to call the Fire Department by dialing 911.
  • If the door feels cold, OPEN CAUTIOUSLY. Be prepared to slam the door shut if the hall is full of smoke or if you feel heat pressure against the door. If hall is clear, proceed with escape plan.
  • If caught in smoke or heat, STAY LOW where air is better (lay or crawl on the floor). Take short breaths (through your nose) until you reach a safe area. (stairwell or building exterior)
  • The Fire Department may use the stairwells to go to the fire area. Occupants should STAY TO THE RIGHT when going down the stairwells.
  • Remember the most important thing is to STAY CALM and ALERT. If you are exiting a stairwell and it becomes impassable, you should make your way to the other stairwell and continue down. Only proceed to a higher floor if instructed to do so by the emergency personnel on-site.
  • Each tenant is responsible for making arrangements to move any disabled, pregnant or employees requiring special attention to a specified safe location. If you are unable to move a disabled employee or transport them to the stairwell, call 911 and give them your exact location.
  • Once you have left the building, proceed to a safe distance away from the building to avoid injury from explosion or shattering glass.

DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE "ALL CLEAR" FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

Safe location: office with exterior window, door, telephone. Always notify all emergency personnel of your location during fire.

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