Fire Evacuation Plan
AS REQUIRED BY ARTICLE F-105.3, D.C. FIRE PREVENTION CODE (D.C. SUPPLEMENT)
FOR MULTI-TENANT OFFICE BUILDING LOCATED AT 400-444 NORTH CAPITOL STREET, N.W. WASHINGTON, D.C. 20001
Depending on the size and/or location of your suite there may be additional fire extinguishers and alarm pull stations inside your premises. Familiarize yourself with your suite and the building common area so that in an emergency you know where everything is and more importantly you know how to get out even if there is smoke involved.
Signage is located in the stairwells to alert you to what level you are on and on what level the final exit is located.
Fire Alarm Testing
Periodically, we will test the fire alarm system (you will be notified in advance when there is to be a test). This is an excellent time to make sure you recognize the sound of the fire alarm bells and to mentally review your escape route.
Note: AFTER BEING NOTIFIED OF A SYSTEM TEST, IF YOU DO NOT HEAR THE ALARM AT THE DESIGNATED TIME, NOTIFY THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT OFFICE IMMEDIATELY AT 202.347.5203.
Fire Pull Station
The manual pull stations are marked showing how to operate them. If you are not confident that you understand the operation, please call the Management Office. We will be happy to explain the proper operation procedures. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH A PULL STATION EXCEPT IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE EMERGENCY.
The Fire Prevention Division of the District of Columbia Fire Department has provided 400-444 North Capitol Street, N.W. with the following recommendations concerning fire and other emergency procedures and evacuation plans:
- Don’t panic. Your example may help others gain assurance.
- Immediately upon discovery of fire, sound the interior alarm from the nearest pull station on your floor.
- Telephone the Fire Department: 911
- Every fire, regardless of size, should be reported.
- Employees should familiarize themselves with the location of exit stairwells on their floors.
- When a fire alarm sounds, employees should walk to the nearest stairwell and proceed to exit the building.
- All employees should meet at a predetermined location outside. The designated tenant contact should then make sure that all employees of their office are out of the building. We recommend using a current telephone extension list or a copy of the current list of employees on staff to double-check employees present.
- A responsible person should be designated in each suite as “Fire Warden” and should:
- Be sure all employees are out.
- Close all doors and windows.
- Check stairwells and other exits to make sure they are not obstructed and unlocked.
- Provide assistance to handicapped persons for safe exit from building.
- Make an attempt to alert the Fire Department.
- Be sure all employees are out.
Tenants may wish to identify several “Fire Wardens” if they occupy more than one floor. We recommend that each tenant develop an individual fire evacuation plan for their particular space.It is the tenant’s responsibility to evacuate any disabled employees from the building. Tenants may consider using a buddy system to make certain any disabled persons have assistance during a building emergency. You may wish to advise building management of any disabled employees upon moving in or upon hiring. In emergency situations, the Fire Department will use this information to locate individuals who may require special assistance in evacuating the building.
- Elevators are not to be used for evacuation.
- Fire extinguishers are located on all floors of the building. Employees should familiarize themselves with their locations and use.
- Periodic simulated fire drills should be conducted to familiarize employees with proper evacuation procedures.
- Any fire hazard should be reported to the building management immediately.
- Always follow the directions of fire and security personnel.
Please note that the Management Office should also be notified immediately in case of emergency. When calling, please be ready to give the suite number, the tenant’s name, person calling and the nature of the emergency.