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Fire Safety In Apartment and High-Rise Buildings
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Monday, 15 December 2008 16:03
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Fire Safety In Apartment and High-Rise Buildings  



If you live in an apartment or high-rise building, there are special things you need to do to be safe. Read the information below to find out how to stay safe in your building.

* Apartment buildings have alarm boxes. You need too know where the nearest one is to your apartment or location, so you can pull it in the event of a fire. This will alert other people in the building that there is a fire is some part of the building. If there is no alarm box, yell as you escape to alert other people in the building.

* Most apartment buildings have elevators if there are many floors. NEVER use an elevator during a fire! Power failure from the fire could cause the elevator to stop and you could be trapped.

* If you are trapped, close all doors and cover all cracks where smoke could enter. Do not try to jump from the building unless you are on the first floor. Call 911 and alert them of your location. Do not hang up until help arrives. Signal firefighters from your window by waving a flashlight or a bright colored or white cloth. Try opening the window a few inches at the top and bottom to let in fresh air. Do not bust out the window.

* Ask the building manager what the evacuation plan is for your building to better know what to do in the event of a fire.

* When a fire alarm sounds, you need to listen for any announcements to be made, and then follow guidelines to evacuate the building. Make sure that you check each door before you open it. If you become trapped, go back to your room and follow steps to seal off the room and call for help. Do not panic and hide in a staircase or secluded area.

* Choose a meeting place outside of your building to meet your family members.

* Ask your apartment manager to practice a fire drill. Be familiar with the sound of the fire alarm, escape routes, and know how to use the fire alarms.




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