If you see smoke, smell something burning, or see fire, initiate the fire plan (R-A-C-E)
Announced overhead as “A Fire Alarm has been activated in+ Location + Please avoid this area”
R – Remove those in immediate danger to a safe area.
A – Alarm
- Activate the nearest fire pull station.
- Call “6” (off sites call 9-9-1-1) and give:
- Exact location of fire (room number and building) o Your name, and
- Type of fire (if known).
C – Contain the fire by closing doors to the area of the fire.
- Close all doors and windows (even in areas remote from the fire but in the same building).
E –Evacuate if fire or smoke is discovered:
- Evacuate as follows:
- First, evacuate the area of the fire, adjoining rooms, and rooms above and below.
- If necessary to leave the area, evacuate horizontally away from the fire through the fire doors into another fire/smoke compartment.
- Business occupancies should evacuate the building.
- If needed, evacuate vertically.
- Use evacuation tools if needed (MedSled, ParaSlyde, Stair Chair)
Inpatient, outpatient, and diagnostic care areas complete Form #502, Patient Fire/Tornado/Evacuation Sheet (obtain from Distribution, online in electronic “Policies and Procedures,” or print out from the EMR, also behind the Forms Tab at the back of this guide).
Elevators may be used if they are working.
Do not run.
Follow the evacuation routes and plans outlined in the unit specific fire plan.
E – Or Extinguish, if you can do it safely and you feel comfortable doing so. Use a fire extinguisher by initiating P-A-S-S: Do not put yourself in danger to extinguish a fire.
- Pull the pin by twisting and pulling (do not have thumb on upper handle or pin will not come out)
- Aim at the base of the fire (if you hit the fire it is apt to come back on you and cause burns)
- Squeeze the handle, and
- Sweep back and forth to suffocate the fire.