A fire in a
building usually can be confined to the apartment where it starts. However,
smoke and heat can travel throughout the building, especially upward.High-rise residential buildings are constructed to be fireproof. Most of what is
inside the buildings, including your furnishings and belongings, can burn
and produce a tremendous amount of heat and smoke, and can be a giant
brick oven if not careful.
Garbage and clutter
Never keep garbage or clutter in the hallways
Keep your apartment clean as possible
Never put items in the trash chute that are too big and may get
stuck. Things caught in the chute easily can turn a fire in the
basement into a fire on your floor.
Be aware of what you put in your apartment. To many flammable
items can create a “brick oven” effect if caught: Is it flammable? Is
it really necessary?
Follow Proper fire safety tips
Check smoke detectors often.
Don’t overload electrical outlets.
Cook with care
Smoke in designated areas, and don’t smoke in bed.
Make sure that your apartment door is tight fitting and complies
with the fire code.
Inspect your exit stair doors. They must be self-closing, snap
shut and unlock from both sides. If they don't meet this standard,
report it to the superintendent or the Fire Department.
If the fire is in YOUR
Get everyone out. Stay low as you go out. Close but don't lock all
doors in the apartment as you leave. If the building is fire
resistant, The fire will stay in the apartment and will not escape,
however the apartment will be VERY
hot. Get out fast.
Alert others on the floor by knocking on doors.
Activate the fire alarm if there is one.
Go down the nearest STAIRWAY,
holding the railing. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR!
Call the Fire Department from a floor
BELOW THE FIRE or from a street fire alarm box outside.
the fire is NOT in your apartment
Stay inside rather than entering smoke-filled hallways, especially
if the fire is below your apartment. Most apartment complexes are
designed to be fire resistant, and if the fire is near your apartment,
then the safest place will be in your apartment.
Keep door closed
Shut off all air conditioning units, for it will suck in smoke
from the outside
Seal the door with duct tape or wet sheets and towels. Seal
ventilators and any other openings where smoke may enter.
Fill your bathtub with water. If the front door gets hot, wet it
Unless flames or smoke are coming from below, open your windows a
few inches at the top or bottom. Don't break the windows; they may
need to be closed later
Call the Fire Department with your apartment number and a
description of the conditions in your apartment. Firefighters will be
directed to your location.
If you feel you are in grave danger, open a window and wave a bed
sheet for firefighters to spot you.
Know the layout of your floor.
Know the location of stair exits.
Know the number of doors between your apartment and the exit
stairs. This is essential knowledge to find the exit in the dark.
Know where your apartment key is located. Take the key with you if
you are forced to evacuate.
Know the location of fire alarm boxes (if your building has them.)
Keep flashlights ready and in a handy place.
Install and maintain smoke detectors. Owners
of high-rise buildings are required by law to install one detector in
each apartment, but its maintenance is up to you.
Report fire hazards to your superintendent. Blocked exits,
piled-up trash, missing exit lights and open fire doors are violations
of law. If your superintendent doesn't correct them call the Fire
Department and report the condition.