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Emergency Evacuations

What should workers do if trapped?

  • Stay calm and take steps to protect yourself.
  • Go to a room with an outside window.
  • Use a telephone/cell phone to call for help if possible.
  • Stay where rescuers can see you and wave a light-colored cloth to attract attention.
  • Specifically, during fire events:
    • Go directly to the nearest fire- and smoke-free stairwell.
    • Crawl low, under the smoke, to breathe cleaner air. Test doors for heat before opening them.  Do not open a hot door.
    • Stuff wet clothing, towels, or newspapers around the cracks in doors to prevent smoke from entering your room.
    • Do not open or break windows unless absolutely necessary.