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Emergency Procedures

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Fire Evacuation

On hearing the wailing sound of a fire alarm or when instructed to do so, all persons must evacuate the building via routes shown in the Emergency Reference Guide and assemble in the designated assembly points. All persons must remain at the designated assembly points until it is safe to return to the building.

  1. If an attempt to extinguish a fire has been unsuccessful, all persons must quickly advance towards the closest exit shouting "FIRE" in a loud tone of voice. lf possible activate any visible fire alarm pull station while in the process of exiting ignoring whether or not the fire detection system has already triggered the alarm.

  2. If while on a call for assistance it becomes necessary to evacuate the building, please leave the telephone line open as this will be the firefighters' ears and alert them to anyone trapped in the vicinity.

  3. DO NOT use elevators to evacuate in an emergency situation.

  4. As much as possible, do not arbitrarily break windows. Falling glass may pose a serious threat to rescue personnel and firefighters below.

  5. STAY LOW. lf you can see smoke in the building as you make your way to the exit, stay low to the ground. In a fire, smoke or poisonous air cause more damage than the actual flames. Less smoke will be breathed if persons stay close to the ground by crawling on their hands and knees below the smoke as smoke naturally rises.

  6. If smoke is pouring under a fire exit door or it feels hot, keep the door closed and exit through another fire exit door. If there is no smoke at the top and bottom of the door and the door is not hot, then proceed through it quickly. Make sure the door is closed behind you.

  7. Do not go back for your personal belongings at the sound of the alarm or if ordered to leave the building.

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