1. Make sure the fire alarm is working.
This means checking to see that the alarm is properly installed and turned on, and that the sound it emits is loud enough to be heard throughout the building.
2. Know the evacuation route and meet-up point.
Familiarize yourself with the designated evacuation route, and make sure you know where to meet up with colleagues or other building occupants after evacuating.
3. Check for fire hazards in your area.
This includes looking for things like overloaded electrical sockets, combustible materials stored too close to heaters, and blocked fire exits.
4. Keep an eye on your surroundings.
Be aware of what's going on around you, and look for signs of a fire (e.g., smoke, flames, heat).
5. Ascertain whether you can put out the fire yourself.
In some cases, it may be possible to extinguish a small fire using a fire extinguisher. If you're not sure how to use a fire extinguisher, consult your employer or local fire department for training.
6. Pull the fire alarm if you cannot extinguish the fire.
If you can't put out the fire yourself, pull the nearest fire alarm to signal for help. Make sure you shout "fire" as you pull the alarm to ensure that everyone in the building knows there's a problem.
7. Evacuate immediately once the alarm sounds.
Do not wait around to see if the fire is going to get bigger - evacuate immediately once the alarm sounds. Remember to use the designated evacuation route and meet-up point so you can account for everyone in your group.
8. Do not use elevators during a fire evacuation.
Elevators can be dangerous during a fire evacuation, as they can easily become blocked by people trying to escape. Use the stairs instead whenever possible.
9. Remain calm and proceed with caution.
It's important to remain calm during a fire evacuation so that you can make clear decisions and avoid putting yourself at risk. Proceed with caution through any areas that may be hazardous (e.g., smoke-filled hallways).
10. Meet up with colleagues and other building occupants after evacuating.
Once everyone has evacuated safely, meet up with your colleagues or other building occupants at the designated meet-up point.