Knowing what to do in the event of a fire might save your life and the lives of your family members. This will be less stressful if you have created a fire-evacuation plan.
If You Discover a Fire or if There is a Fire in Your Suite
- If there is a fire in your suite, that you cannot put out easily with a pot lid (grease fire on the stove) or with a small fire extinguisher you keep in your suite, leave your suite immediately.
- Close all doors tightly behind you, but leave them unlocked.
- Activate the fire alarm using a pull station to notify all building occupants.
- Phone the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, dial 9-1-1. Never assume this has been done!
- Give them the address and location of the fire.
- Leave the building immediately. Do NOT use the elevators.
- Do not return to the building until the firefighters say it is safe to do so.
If you are in your suite and hear the fire alarm
- Always take the alarm seriously. Never assume it’s a false alarm.
- Before opening the door, feel the doorknob for heat. If it’s not hot, brace yourself against the door and open it slightly. If you feel air pressure or a hot draft, close the door quickly.
If you find no fire or smoke in the corridor
- Take your suite key, close the door tightly behind you (do not lock it), and leave by the nearest exit.
If you encounter smoke in the corridor or stairwell
If it is safe to do so, go to the nearest exit. If it is not safe to do so, try the corridor to the other side of the building where another stairwell may be clear. If neither direction is passable, return to your suite.
If you cannot leave your suite or have returned to it because of fire or heavy smoke
- Close the door, and leave it unlocked for firefighters.
- Dial 9-1-1 and tell the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service where you are.
- Use a wet towel, wet sheets, masking tape, or duct tape to seal all cracks where smoke can get in.
- Crouch low to the floor if smoke enters the room. More oxygen is available near the floor and the air is cooler and cleaner.
- If possible, move to a balcony or the most protected room and partially open the window for air (close the window if smoke comes in.)
- Wait to be rescued. Stay calm. Do not panic or jump.
- Listen for instructions or information which may be given by the firefighters, possibly over loudspeakers.
- Your Floor Captain will tell you when it is safe to go back into the building. If you had to stay in your suite, your Floor Captain will tell you when it is safe to leave.