Tenant Handbook

Fire

 

If a Fire is Discovered in Your Suite 

  1. Advise others and move everyone away from the fire.
  2. Confine the fire  by closing all doors in the area.
  3. Notify the Fire Department (911) and provide the following information:

- Building Name – One Washingtonian Center
- Building Address – 9801 Washingtonian Boulevard  
- Suite Number or Exact Location of Fire
- Your call back number

 NOTE:  Do not hang up until the Emergency Operator does so.

         4.  Notify the Management Office.
         5.  Do NOT attempt to extinguish a fire.
         6.  Proceed to the nearest exit to evacuate.  Exit via stairwells; do not use the elevators. 
         7.  Once outside the building, move to a safe refuge area away from the building and Fire Department operations.

NOTE:  FIRES NEEDFUEL, HEATAND OXYGEN TO SURVIVE.  YOU CAN REDUCE OR EXTINGUISHFIRE BY REMOVING ANYONE OF THESE ELEMENTS.  FOR EXAMPLE, CLOSE DOORSAND USE EXTINGUISHER TO REDUCE OXYGEN, THROW WATER ON THEFIRE TO REDUCE HEAT,AND ELIMINATEFUEL SOURCES BY REMOVING NEARBY PAPER, PLASTICS,AND OTHER FLAMMABLES.\

 

If a Fire is Discovered Outside Your Suite

If you are in your suite, smoke or heat is evident in the corridor, and you are not able to exit, proceed as follows:

  1.  Call 911 and provide the following information:
    - Building Name – One Washingtonian Center
    -
    Building Address – 9801 Washingtonian Boulevard   
    -
    Suite Number or Exact Location of Fire
    -
    Your call back number

 NOTE:  Do not hang up until the Emergency Operator does so.

        2.  Call the Management Office and report your building number, floor and suite number.

           3.  FEEL THE DOOR.  If it is hot or warm, DO NOT OPEN IT!

            4.  CLOSE AS MANY DOORS AS POSSIBLE BETWEEN YOU AND THE FIRE.

       5.  IF SMOKE ENTERS YOUR SUITE FROM BENEATH THE DOOR, seal the area with a fire blanket, wet towel or other
              misted material.

         6.  IF SMOKE IN YOUR SUITE BECOMES UNBEARABLE, break a window for additional oxygen.

         7.  IF YOUR TELEPHONE STOPS WORKING, display brightly colored material from the window.  Wave it to make it more
              visible to rescuers.

         8.  DO NOT JUMP!

   FIRE SAFETY REMINDERS

  1. Post Emergency Phone Numbers for all employees.
  2. Make sure all employees are aware of the location of fire extinguishers and are familiar with how an extinguisher operates.
  3. In a fire or other emergency, follow the instruction of your designated Floor Warden and other Emergency Personnel.
  4. Never use the elevators.
  5. While it is usually advised to go downward in a building during a fire, there are occasions when it may be necessary to go to an upper floor or the roof.  For example, if smoke enters the stairwell, you may be driven upwards toward cleaner air.
  6. If you encounter smoke, get down on your hands and knees.  Air is cleaner and cooler near the floor.  Crawl to the nearest stairwell and exit if it is safe to do so.
  7. Few people are burned to death in fires.  Most fire-related deaths are the result of smoke inhalation, poisonous gas or panic.  Panic can be avoided by being well prepared for an emergency.  Learn all the emergency procedures as if they were second nature.

 FIRE PREVENTION TIPS 

  1. Replace any electrical cord that has cracked insulation or a broken connector.
  2. Do not pinch electrical cords under or behind furniture.
  3. Do not run electrical extension cords under chair mats or across doorways where they can be stepped on or chaffed.
  4. Leave space for air to circulate around heaters and other heat-producing equipment such as copiers and computer terminals.
  5. Turn off or unplug all appliances, including coffee makers and hot plates at the end of each workday.
  6. Keep exits, storage areas and stairways free from waste paper, empty boxes, dirty rags and other fire hazards.
  7. Know the locations of fire extinguishers in the building and your work area.
  8. Remove trash on a regular basis.
  9. Close all doors after working hours.
  10. Discard all flammable liquids.
  11. Observe the building’s NO SMOKING policies. Never throw matches or cigarette butts into waste containers (inside or outside of building).

Communications

Tenants’ employees are requested not to call the Management Office during an emergency.  Only appointed Fire Wardens should confer with management during an emergency.