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Fire Emergencies

Marina Heights is equipped with an annunciation system. When a fire alarm on a floor is activated, the alarm bell will automatically ring on each floor at the floor of incident, 1 floor above and 2 floors below.

Smoke and heat detectors are located in areas that might be prone to fire - those areas with electrical equipment and wiring such as mechanical rooms, electrical rooms, telephone closets, elevator lobbies and janitorial closets.

When a smoke detector or heat detector is activated due to a fire condition, all elevators will remain unavailable. Use the stairwell ONLY in case of a fire.

All tenants should familiarize themselves with the location of fire extinguishers. Tenants should also know the locations of the exits and recognize the sound of the fire alarm. Proceed directly to the nearest exit whenever the fire alarm is heard. Prior to opening any doors, feel the door front to determine if there is heat behind it. If the door is hot, do not open and find another means of egress.

Upon Discovering a Fire:

  • Call 911.
  • Notify the Security Office. The Security Office will notify the Management Office.
  • Evacuate the building by exiting through the nearest stairwell. Doors should be touched prior to being opened. A hot door could possibly indicate fire on the opposite side and the door should not be opened.
  • Stairwell doors should be kept closed except when people are moving through them. Holding the doors open will cause smoke to be drawn into the stairwell.
  • If smoke is encountered, occupants should breathe through a handkerchief or piece of clothing to reduce inhalation of smoke.
  • If caught in heavy smoke, occupants should drop to their hands and knees and crawl. They should hold their breath as much as possible.
  • If clothing catches fire, individuals should stop, drop and roll. Attempting to run will fan the flames and spread the fire.
  • Once out of the building, a meeting place should already be defined in order for all individuals to be accounted for.
  • Never return to a burning building.

Fire Prevention Rules:

All employees shall observe the following to prevent a fire:

  • Keep stairwell doors closed at all times except when people are moving through them during evacuation. Keeping stairwell doors closed minimizes the spreading of fire from the "chimney" effect.
  • Keep aisles clear of obstacles. Do not store equipment in aisles or block doorways. Do not block exits.
  • Safeguard all flammable materials.
  • Do not plug in an excessive quantity of electrical equipment into one outlet. Continuous overloading of electrical lines causes insulation to become brittle and fall away from the wires. The lack of adequate insulation may cause wires to become overheated which could readily ignite, causing a fire. Overloaded plugs or power strips should be avoided. If fuses or circuit breakers repeatedly blow out, then the circuit is probably overloaded, submit a work order request to Building Management to determine the possible deficiency.
  • Maintain good housekeeping in all areas of the building since this is one of the most effective means of preventing fire.
  • Unauthorized installation and operation of coffee makers, heating plates, microwave ovens, personal fans and similar items must be avoided. Electric space heaters are prohibited unless approved in advance by Property Management.
  • Smoke only in designated areas.
  • Do not use trash cans or paper disposal areas for cigarette ashes or butts
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