Emergencies

IN CASE OF FIRE

IF THE FIRE IS IN YOUR APARTMENT

  • Close the door to the room where the fire is and leave the apartment
  • Make sure everyone leaves the apartment with you
  • Take your keys
  • Close, but do not lock, the apartment door
  • Alert people on your floor by knocking on their doors on your way to the exit
  • Call 911 once you reach a safe location. Do not assume the fire has been reported unless firefighters are on the scene
  • Call the Porter at (917) 239-2609 and Managing Agent at (212) 721-0424
  • Meet the members of your household at a pre-determined location outside the building. Notify the firefighters if anyone is unaccounted for.
  • Avoid panic – staying calm can be life-saving

IF THE FIRE IS NOT IN YOUR APARTMENT

  • Feel your apartment door and doorknob for heat. If they are not hot, open the door slightly and check the hallway for smoke, heat or fire
  • Exit the apartment and building if you can safely do so, following the instructions above for a fire in your apartment
  • If the hallway or stairwell is not safe because of smoke, heat, or fire and you have access to a fire escape, use it to exit the building. Proceed cautiously on the fire escape and always carry or hold onto small children.
  • If you cannot use the stairs or the fire escape, call 911 and tell them your address, floor, apartment number and the number of people in your apartment.
  • Seal the doors to your apartment with wet towels or sheets, and seal air ducts or other openings where smoke may enter.
  • Open windows a few inches at top and bottom unless flames and smoke are coming from below.
  • Do not break any windows.
  • If conditions in the apartment appear life-threatening, open a window and wave a towel or sheet to attract the attention of firefighters.
  • If smoke conditions worsen before help arrives, get down on the floor and take short breaths through your nose. If possible, retreat to a balcony or terrace away from the source of the flames, heat or smoke.
  • Avoid panic – staying calm can be life-saving.

For further fire protection, we recommend that you install a small, “dry chemical” type fire extinguisher in your kitchen. They are inexpensive and can be very handy when you least expect it.

 

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