If I am not physically capable of using the stairs, what should I do?

 If your building has a “fire safety plan” in effect, ask to have your name and address placed on the “persons requiring assistance” page.  This page is checked by the Senior Fire Officer at the scene in the event of a fire in the building.

In the event of an alarm or fire in the building and you are trapped:

  • Stay in your unit.
  • Seal wet towels around your door or duct tape to keep smoke out.
  • Call 9-1-1 and give the dispatcher your exact location (apartment #, etc.).  Signal rescuers from your balcony or window.

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1. How high do the fire department ladders reach?
2. How long should emergency power last?
3. Why can’t I use the elevators during a fire alarm?
4. How often does the fire alarm system in the building get tested?
5. Is the fire alarm system connected directly to the fire stations?
6. "I saw pictures of that terrible fire in another community."
7. What are the usual causes of fire in a high-rise?
8. Why is the exit to the roof allowed to be locked?
9. If I am not physically capable of using the stairs, what should I do?
10. Why can’t the doors to the stairwells be left open for better ventilation?
11. Do you still have rescue window stickers to indicate a child’s bedroom?
12. How do I dispose of hazardous materials such as old paint cans, flammable liquids, etc?
13. How close should my drapes come to an electric baseboard heater?