Emergency Procedures - Fire

If You Discover a Fire:

    If you discover or suspect a fire, sound the fire alarm. If there is no alarm in the building, warn other 
    occupants by knocking on the doors and shouting a warning as you leave.

    Do not stop to gather your belongings. Close all doors behind you as you exit. Stop to help others only  
    if you can do so safely.

    Dial (213) 740 -4321 (UPC) or (323) 442 -1000 (HSC) to report the fire, or use an emergency phone. 
    Give as much information as possible to the emergency dispatcher, and stay on the line until they have 
    all the information they need.

What if the Fire is Right Outside Your Room?

If you are in your room and the fire alarm sounds, feel the door with your hand before opening it. If it is hot, there is fire and smoke in the hallway, so do not open the door.

  • Remain in your room.
  • Put a wet towel at the bottom of the door to keep the smoke out.
  • Call for help so DPS or the Los Angeles Fire Department will know that you are in room.
  • Go to the window and signal for help with a towel or pillow-case. Do not open the window.
  • Wait for the fire department to assit you.

As you wait for help to arrive, move away from the building and out of the way of the fire department. Do not go back into the building until emergency officials say it is safe to do so.

All residents should gather at the outdoor emergency assembly point, where the Resident Advisor can check to see if anyone is missing.

If You Hear a Fire Alarm:

When a fire alarm sounds, all residents must exit the building immediately.

  • Go to the nearest exit, or the nearest stairwell. If the exit is blocked by smoke or flames, go to an alternate exit.
  • If there is smoke in the air, stay low. Breathing heated air and smoke can cause unconsciousness within less than a minute. If necessary, cover your mouth and nose with a piece of cloth.
  • Never use the elevators. They may stop automatically during the fire, and you may be trapped.
  • Move down the stairs carefully, and do not attempt to go back up.
  • Assemble with other residents at a point outside at least 100 feet away from the building.
  • Confirm that someone has called for help.
Always leave the building when a fire alarm sounds, even if you think it may be a false alarm. Although false alarms do happen, those who delay may be trapped in the building if there is a fire.