Fire Safety

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Below is a copy of the Fire Safety Notice that is should be visible in people’s multiple dwelling buildings. It outlines what to do in case of a fire.  Print this out and go over it with your kids (ESPECIALLY)  if your kids are home by themselves at times).

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I’m hearing that some people have had Fire Department Education folks come to their building—and am tracking those folks down.

I’ll also try come up with some other ideas (e.g., make sure to have pet carriers/restraining devices for your pets)…  To be very thorough your building should have a list of who has pets as part of our contact list. When there was a fire on PPW last year they were able to save a neighbor’s dog. You can also order a safety pack from the ASPCA website that has a sticker to alert people that there are pets inside.

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Here’s a link to a document with a basic fire escape plan:

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and an escape planning safety tip sheet:

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Prepared means less of a chance for panic!

Susan Fox

Park Slope Parents

 

FIRE SAFETY NOTICE

IN THE EVENT OF FIRE, STAY CALM. NOTIFY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ANDFOLLOW  THE DIRECTIONS OF FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL. IF YOU MUST TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION, USE YOUR JUDGMENT AS TO THE SAFEST COURSE OF ACTION, GUIDED BY THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

YOU ARE IN A NON-COMBUSTIBLE (FIREPROOF) BUILDING

If The Fire Is In Your Apartment:

  • Close the door to the room where the fire is and leave the apartment.
  • Make sure EVERYONE leaves the apartment with you.
  • Take your keys.
  • Close, but do not lock, the apartment door.
  • Alert people on your floor by knocking on their doors on your way to the exit.
  • Use the nearest stairwell to leave the building.
  • DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR.
  • Call 911 once you reach a safe location. Do not assume the fire has been reported
  • unless firefighters are on the scene.
  • Meet the members of your household at a pre-determined location outside the building.
  • Notify the firefighters if anyone is unaccounted for.

If The Fire Is Not In Your Apartment:

  • Stay inside your apartment and listen for instructions from firefighters unless conditions become dangerous.
  • If you must exit your apartment, first feel the apartment door and doorknob for heat.
  • If they are not hot, open the door slightly and check the hallway for smoke, heat or fire.
  • If you can safely exit your apartment, follow the instructions above for a fire in your apartment.
  • If you cannot safely exit your apartment or building, call 911 and tell them your address, floor, apartment number and the number of people in your apartment.
  • Seal the doors to your apartment with wet towels or sheets, and seal air ducts or other openings where smoke may enter.
  • Open windows a few inches at top and bottom unless flames and smoke are coming from below.
  • Do not break any windows.
  • If conditions in the apartment appear life-threatening, open a window and wave a towel or sheet to attract the attention of firefighters.
  • If smoke conditions worsen before help arrives, get down on the floor and take short breaths through your nose. If possible, retreat to a balcony or terrace away from the source of the smoke, heat or fire.