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Utility Failure

Electrical power can fail, either as an isolated incident (e.g., tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses) or as part of a larger event (regional power outages or natural disaster), or inoperable back up power. Immediately notify the building operations manager.

In the event of a major utility failure, a building evacuation maybe required. Evacuate the building if the fire alarm sounds and/or upon notification by a manager. A major power outage is normally not destructive, but the impact to fire/life safety systems may create a hazard/threat to life and property.

Ventilation Issues

If strange odors come from the ventilation system: 
  1. Immediately notify the building operations manager.
  2. If necessary, cease all operations and report to an "Evacuation Assembly Area".
  3. If smoke is present, remove yourself from the immediate area, move to a safe area and activate the fire alarm system by pulling the pull station.

Elevator Failure

If an elevator stops between floors:
  1. Stay calm and push the alarm button provided in all elevators. 
  2. Use the elevator's intercom or telephone to request help.
  3. Speak clearly and identify yourself to the operator, tell them where you are, and on what floor if you can determine your floor level.
  4. Wait for assistance; do not attempt to force open the elevator doors.
  5. Never try to climb out of a stalled elevator unless assisted by a trained emergency crew.
  6. If the doors are opened part way, and the elevator is between floors, do not try to exit the elevator, this can lead to serious injury.
If there is a building fire, blackout, or power failure:
  1. Use the stairs.
  2. Leave the building by the nearest fire exits.
Avoid the elevator for the following reasons:
  1. Fire can interrupt the flow of power to the elevator system.
  2. Fire fighters and emergency crews may need to use the elevators for rescue work.
If you are in an elevator when the fire alarm sounds"
  1. Don't panic; the elevators are designed to automatically return to a safe floor.
  2. Exit the elevator car immediately upon arrival; proceed directly to the nearest emergency exit. an elevator stops between floors.
  3. Stay calm and push the alarm button provided in all elevators. 
  4. Use the elevator's intercom or telephone to request help.
  5. Speak clearly and identify yourself to the operator, tell them where you are, and on what floor if you can determine your floor level.
  6. Wait for assistance; do not attempt to force open the elevator doors.
  7. Never try to climb out of a stalled elevator unless assisted by a trained emergency crew.
  8. If the doors are opened part way, and the elevator is between floors, do not try to exit the elevator, this can lead to serious injury.
If there is a building fire, blackout, or power failure:
  1. Use the stairs.
  2. Leave the building by the nearest fire exits.
Avoid the elevator for the following reasons:
  1. Fire can interrupt the flow of power to the elevator system.
  2. Fire fighters and emergency crews may need to use the elevators for rescue work.
If you are in an elevator when the fire alarm sounds:
  1. Don't panic; the elevators are designed to automatically return to a safe floor.
  2. Exit the elevator car immediately upon arrival; proceed directly to the nearest emergency exit.

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