Alert:Do not hesitate to evacuate when you hear or see an alarm. In the World Trade Center attack, many lives were lost when tenants waited for further announcements. The announcements never came because the public address system had been destroyed.
Reminder:Tenant’s often call the property management office to inquire if an alarm is “real”. Remember, the property management staff is busy investigating the alarm and will make the all clear announcement as soon as the alarm is determined to be a false alarm.
Regions Center features audible alarms, visual alarms and automated announcements that will be triggered whenever a manual pull station, smoke detector, or sprinkler system flow switch is activated. Upon activation of any of these devices, the following will occur:
The audible alarm will sound on the floor where the alarm was triggered, the floor below and the floor above.
On the floor where the alarm was triggered, the so-called “fire floor”, you will hear not only the audible alarm sound, but you will also see a corresponding strobe light flash and hear the automatic evacuation announcement.
- The automatic evacuation message will only be heard on the floor where the alarm was triggered. The taped message is:
MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION? MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION, PLEASE? AN EMERGENCY CONDITION EXISTS ON THIS FLOOR. AN EMERGENCY CONDITION EXISTS ON THIS FLOOR. PLEASE PROCEED TO THE STAIRWAYS AND EXIT THE BUILDING. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
Additionally, you may hear the alarms echoing throughout the stairwells and elevator shafts.
No matter where you are, should you hear or see an alarm, do not hesitate to begin evacuating the building to the ground floor and then outside to the safe area.
Building management will make an “all clear” announcement when and if it determines that the alarm is a false alarm.
NEVER ASSUME THAT AN ALARM IS FALSE!
- FLASHING EXIT LIGHTS are a WARNING that there could be a problem. When you see these, do not evacuate. Instead, await audible alarm or announcement