Fire safety is important for everyone to know, especially those who live or work in multistory buildings. Having a plan in place before a fire is imperative. Also, if you have a home or business with 2 to 6 floors, having fire escape ladders would help people safely get away from danger. Here are safety tips you need to know in case of fire in a multistory building.
Know the Plan
It is very important to know about the building where you work or live. Newer buildings are built with fire resistant materials, metal self-closing doors and sprinkler systems so a fire will not spread. This means you might be safer staying put so you need to know that. If you are in an older building, review the evacuation plan often. Listen to the public address system if the building has one.
Know All the Exits
Know the location of all the exits, not just the one closest to you. The path to the closest one may be blocked with debris or smoke. Also, know where all the staircases are located. Always use the stairs and never take the elevator in case of fire. Never open a fire door or one that is warm to the touch.
Smoke is very toxic and can injure or kill you. If there is any smoke present, you need to bend over and stay low to be under the smoke. You should practice this during fire drills so you remember.
What to Do if You Can't Leave
If there is too much smoke in the hall or stairs, you may have to stay in your apartment or office. Shut the doors between you and the fire. Seal the room by applying duct tape, newspapers, clothing or towels around the door and air vents. Open a window but do not break it. That way you can close it if there is smoke coming in from outside. Signal the firefighters with a light-colored cloth or flashlight.