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Emergency Procedures: Fire

GENERAL TIPS

  • Become familiar with emergency escape routes before an accident (i.e. note locations of stairwells and emergency doors)
  • If the fire is small, and you are properly trained, use a fire extinguisher to control the fire
  • If you smell or see smoke or fire, pull the nearest fire alarm
  • Evacuate the building via the stairs - DO NOT use the elevators
  • Exit quickly, only take essential items
  • If possible, close doors behind you as you exit to confine the heat or smoke
  • Feel the door with the back of your hand before opening it - DO NOT open a door that is hot

Cool door:

  • Open slowly and ensure fire or smoke is not blocking your route. If escape route is blocked, immediately shut the door and find an alternate escape route.
  • If route is clear leave immediately through the door and close it behind you. Be prepared to crawl, if necessary.

Call USC Police at 911

  • State the location of the fire
  • Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher

Once outside:

  • Move to a clear area at least 500 feet away from the building
  • Keep the streets, fire lanes, fire hydrants, and all walkways clear
  • Return to the building only when emergency personnel allow

Staff members:

  • Bring class or building roster with you
  • Take inventory of all personnel evacuated from the building
  • Report missing persons (and their last known locations) to emergency personnel on scene

HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER

  • If the fire is small, and you are properly trained, use a fire extinguisher to control the fire
  • Always keep your back to the exit; never place the fire between you and the exit
  • Discharge the entire extinguisher on the base of the fire

Remember PASS
P = pull the pin
A = aim the nozzle at the base of the fire
S = squeeze the trigger
S = sweep the fire extinguisher from side to side

IF YOU CATCH ON FIRE:

  • DO NOT run
  • STOP, DROP, and ROLL

IF CAUGHT IN SMOKE:

  • Drop to hands and knees and crawl toward exit
  • Stay low
  • Hold your breath as much as possible
  • Breathe shallowly through nose; use a shirt or towel as a filter

IF FORCED TO ADVANCE THROUGH FLAMES:

  • Hold your breath
  • Move quickly
  • Cover your head and hair
  • Keep your head down and your eyes closed

IF YOU ARE TRAPPED AND CANNOT EVACUATE:

  • Wedge wet towels or other cloth materials along the bottom of the door to keep smoke out
  • Close any doors between you and the fire
  • If you are trapped and need air, break the window, but only as a last resort
  • Hang a towel or cloth material from the window (This signals firefighters that you are trapped)
  • If you are disabled and cannot use the stairs, get to the stairwell keeping doors closed; notify emergency personnel of your exact location (i.e. stairwell No. 1, 7th floor landing)
 
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