All incidents of unintentional/non control burn fires will be reported to the Public Safety immediately whether Fire Department response is required or not. All department heads, supervisors, etc., will ensure that their employees are aware of the location of fire extinguishers and fire alarm pull boxes in their work areas. All employees shall be made aware of emergency evacuation routes for their work area, the location of fire exit windows, etc. Also, do not use elevators in the event of fire. In addition, the following procedures should be reviewed with employees.
If a fire is reported and confirmed activate the building fire alarm and contact Public Safety as soon as possible at 455-0125 or 289-2090 and call 911.
- If a minor fire appears controllable, IMMEDIATELY, contact, or direct someone in the area to contact the Public Safety. Then promptly direct the charge of the fire extinguisher toward the base of the flame and sweep the extinguisher around the burning area.
- On large fires that do not appear controllable, IMMEDIATELY, activate the building alarm and contact, or direct someone to contact Public Safety. Close all doors while exiting the building to reduce oxygen to the flames and slow the spread of fire. DO NOT LOCK DOORS!
- Assist in the evacuation of the building. Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire, so be prepared to stay near the floor where the air will be less toxic.
- If trapped on a second story or higher, hang an article of clothing out of the window to attract the attention of by-standers or emergency personnel. Anyone trapped in the room should remain close to the floor to avoid smoke.
- During the evacuation, direct crowds away from fire hydrants, roadways, and clear sidewalks immediately adjacent to the building. Ask bystanders to assist in watching windows, doorways, etc., for persons that may be trapped inside. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RESCUE! NOTIFY EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL ON THE SCENE.