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What to Do After the Fire Alarm Sounds

Posted on: October 9, 2013

When the fire alarm sounds in your building, there’s not much time to think about what’s going on. Hopefully you have an effective evacuation plan in place so your employees will be able to exit the building in a safe and orderly fashion. And while your primary objective should be able to get out of the building as soon as possible, there are certain things you should know that will happen (or you will have to do) after the alarms go off:

Your fire sprinkler system will come on—fire sprinklers are activated by heat, and will open in response to a nearby fire. Once your fire alarms go off, you can anticipate the sprinkler system kicking on soon after.

You’ll need to get out—your employees should start to move out of your building safely and quickly as soon as they hear the fire alarms. Once everyone is out, do a head count to make sure no one was left inside the building.

 Emergency responders should arrive—if you have fire alarm monitoring, emergency response providers should have already been dispatched to your facility. It’s still a good idea to call 911 as soon as you know everyone is safe, just as a backup.

Remove valuables—once the fire is put out, the fire department may tell you it’s safe to reenter the building. Try to collect as many valuables as you can find that haven’t been ruined or destroyed.

Secure the building—even if you’ve removed everything you think is valuable, you should still have the building secured to prevent further damage like graffiti, theft, or looting. Your local police department can be helpful in this regard.

Contact your insurance company—contact your insurance company as soon as possible to get yourself on the road to recovery. An insurance adjuster will be dispatched to your building to evaluate the damage.

If you’re prepared and know what to do ahead of time, you can minimize the headaches that come from experiencing a fire in your building. And remember–properly installed and maintained fire sprinklers, fire suppression systems, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your building safe.

If you need any type of fire protection system service in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, call Guardian Fire Protection today at 301-861-0972

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