Fire Alarm

What to do Once the Fire Alarm is Activated

  • In high-rises, follow your specific building Emergency Action Plan.
  • Feel the doorknob or higher on the door with the back of your hand. If it feels hot, ­fire may be on the other side of the door, so keep it shut.
    • ­Even if the door is cool, open it slowly. Stand low and to one side of the door, in case smoke or fumes seep around it.
    • If heat and smoke come in, slam the door tightly, stuff clothing or towels in the door’s cracks to keep smoke out, and use your alternate way out.
  • ­Those who are unable to evacuate the building rapidly, such as persons with disabilities, should proceed to the designated Area of Rescue Assistance or nearest stairwell.
  • ­If your clothes catch ­ re, stop, drop, and roll – stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands. Roll back and forth until the ­fire is out.
  • ­DO NOT congregate in the building lobby.
  • ­DO NOT use elevators unless instructed to do so by the Chicago Fire Department.