Fire Emergency – EC.A.35

If you see smoke, smell something burning, or see fire, initiate the fire plan (R-A-C-E) Announced overhead as “A Fire Alarm has been activated in+ Location + Please avoid this area”

R – Remove those in immediate danger to a safe area.

A – Alarm
 Activate the nearest fire pull station.
 Call “6” (off sites call 9-9-1-1) and give:
o Exact location of fire (room number and building)
o Your name, and
o Type of fire (if known).

C – Contain the fire by closing doors to the area of the fire.
 Close all doors and windows (even in areas remote from the fire but in the same building).

E –Evacuate if fire or smoke is discovered:
 Evacuate as follows:

  • First, evacuate the area of the fire, adjoining rooms, and rooms above and below.
  • o If necessary to leave the area, evacuate horizontally away from the fire through the fire doors into another fire/smoke compartment.
    • o Business occupancies should evacuate the building.
    • o If needed, evacuate vertically
    • o Use evacuation tools if needed (MedSled, ParaSlyde, Stair Chair)
  •  Inpatient, outpatient, and diagnostic care areas complete Form #502, Patient Fire/Tornado/Evacuation Sheet (obtain from Distribution, online in electronic “Policies and Procedures,” or print out from the EMR, also behind the Forms Tab at the back of this guide).
  •  Elevators may be used if they are working.
  •  Do not run.
  •  Follow the evacuation routes and plans outlined in the unit specific fire plan.

E – Or Extinguish, if you can do it safely and you feel comfortable doing so.

  • Use a fire extinguisher by initiating P-A-S-S:
  • Do not put yourself in danger to extinguish a fire.
  •  Pull the pin by twisting and pulling (do not have thumb on upper handle or pin will not come out)
  •  Aim at the base of the fire (if you hit the fire it is apt to come back on you and cause burns)
  •  Squeeze the handle, and
  •  Sweep back and forth to suffocate the fire