Know where the exits are if you are going to have to walk the stairs
Be decisive – after all it’s your life
If you are going to evacuate, do it quickly
Take your apartment and general complex keys with you in case you can’t use the exit stairs due to smoke and have to retreat to your apartment
If you are going to stay, know how to protect yourself for as long as possible if you do get trapped
Before walking out to the final exit at street level, check nothing or no one is going to land on you
So you live in a multi-storey apartment building?
That means special fire safety things for you to think about. Living above ground level is one, and there’s the fact that you may have only one way of getting out of the apartment and, in some cases, even the building. You need to be extra vigilant with appliances such as the stove and other equipment that could cause a fire, such as your clothes dryer, or computer, because it’s not only about you if there’s a fire, there’s your neighbours above and below you.
The standard of fire protection built into apartment buildings varies with the age of the buildings within The Park Apartments and also which building you live within the complex. Some apartments will not have fire sprinklers or automatic fire alarms, and will rely on you to operate a fire alarm if you discover a fire. All buildings have emergency lighting to assist you. Make sure you are familiar how to evacuate your building and know what actions to take. Get to know the fire protection measures and equipment within your building and what you will need to do if you have to evacuate in an emergency. If you need more information talk to your Owners Corporation representatives.
It’s a good idea to...
Carry out a fire safety survey of your apartment and the building to find out:
What type of fire alarms your building and apartment has installed
The number of exits from your own apartment
The number of exits from your floor to the outside of the building
Protect yourself and your family...
If you live in an apartment, it is advised to:
Always call 000 in an emergency – you might be the first person to have done so
Keep an emergency kit handy (torch, paper mask, bottle of water, spare front door and complex access key to hang around your neck, etc).
Foyers, corridors and common stairwells are to be kept clear at all times. Rubbish is not to be deposited nor articles left in these areas - this includes bicycles, prams, etc.
Fire doors must not be propped open at any time.
In the event of a fire alarm, residents should immediately evacuate and meet in an external meeting area. Due to the size of the complex, the number of exits (in excess of 30) and the location of parks, paths and roads, residents should exit via the safest route.
Residents should only re-enter the building when approval is given by the appropriate authorities.
Replace the batteries in your apartment smoke alarms twice a year. This is the owner's responsibility.
NOTE: All residents have a responsibility to make themselves aware of their closest fire escape.