Fire and Life Safety System
While everyone needs to know how to respond in an emergency, it is also important to take steps to prevent emergencies from occurring. We recommend a monthly Fire Safety Inspection including, but not limited to, the following items:
Move flammable or combustible supplies off-site. If your Lease provides that chemicals or materials be stored on-site in quantities requiring MSDS sheets to be posted, they must be posted in central locations where they are visible to all. Flammable liquids should be kept in a flammable cabinet. Avoid using extension cords instead of permanent wiring. If used, extension cords need the three prong connections and no multiple outlets. Use breaker strips. All UL Listed authorized appliances and electrical cords should be in good repair. All electrical appliances for coffee, cooking or heating should be turned off every day before leaving the office. No smoking.
Candles or open flames are not allowed in the building at any time. Potential fire hazards including, but not limited to, blocked stairwells, faulty fire protection equipment, leaks, or damaged wiring should be reported to the Building Management Office immediately. Building Management does not allow space heaters, as they are a fire hazard. Please contact the management office if you are cold in your office. All emergency contact lists, physically impaired employee lists and other critical information lists should be kept current. Evacuation procedures should be reviewed among Suite Monitors for appropriateness, on a regular basis. Procedures should be communicated to occupants in your assigned area at least quarterly.
Central Fire Alarm System
The fire alarm system will activate if a smoke detector, sprinkler head or pull station is activated. Audible alarms and visual strobes will activate, and a 24-hour monitoring center will automatically dispatch the Fire Department. Building doors will automatically switch to an unlocked status if alarm occurs after normal building operating hours. Fire Department will respond and investigate the source of the alarm.
Smoke detectors, horns, and strobes are located throughout the building in accordance with current building codes. The central fire alarm system is activated whenever a fire alarm condition exists. The Engineering staff is trained on the system and will take the proper action for such emergencies. Manual fire alarm pull stations are located throughout the building, generally near exits from an area or floor. Fire extinguishers are located in cabinets next to the stairwell doors and strategically throughout tenant spaces. Please arrange for training of your staff on the proper use of fire extinguishers. The Fire Department and authorized fire extinguisher companies can assist you with training. Building Management can assist you in arranging for training. A telephone is present inside each elevator that rings to a monitoring system. Persons trapped in an elevator can get assistance through this means of communication. In addition, a trapped occupant during business hours can push a button labeled, “EMERGENCY ALARM”. An alarm bell can be heard to alert building occupants that someone is trapped inside. Stairwells are pressurized with outside air to prevent smoke from entering and allowing a safe, smoke free, exit from the building. Elevator shafts are also pressurized with outside air in case someone is unknowingly trapped in an elevator during a fire emergency.
Assisting Visitors Unfamiliar with Building
Please be aware that if visitors are present during an emergency, your Emergency Team needs to assist the visitor in evacuating the premises. If a visitor sign-in sheet is maintained at your front desk, we suggest someone be assigned to bring that information to the Suite Monitor after evacuating the building in order to help facilitate an accurate head-count.
Above all, everyone involved needs to keep their own safety in mind and allow the Fire Department to take control.
We invite you to learn how to implement your own emergency preparedness plans by using the resources from our PREP website.
LIFE SAFETY & SECURITY
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