Fire Preparedness

1801 California

1801 California St., Denver, Colorado
Fire Preparedness The Fire Provisions section of this handbook contains very important information. Each tenant should be familiar with the information provided on the following pages. Listed below are the topics covered in this section.

Fire Safety in the Office
The Building Fire Safety Plan
Preparing Personnel for Emergencies
Life and Safety Systems Testing and Fire Drills
Relocation and Evacuation in the Case of Emergencies
Evacuation in the Case of Blackout

Brookfield is proud of its efforts to provide the highest possible levels of fire and life safety protection, which include fire and life safety education, as well as planning for emergencies. It is important that each Brookfield tenant is well informed on all issues related to fire and life safety.

Tenants are given materials describing emergency guidelines and bomb threat checklists for distribution to all employees. The tenant’s fire safety team personnel receive the Tenant Emergency Action Plan written specifically for 1801 California  tenants. Brookfield provides bi-annual fire life safety training for tenants where a customized video and Power Point presentation review all of the buildings safety features. Brookfield holds semi-annual fire drills to insure tenants know how to react in an emergency. Brookfield, in conjunction with security consultants, holds seminars for Brookfield staff and for tenants. Seminar topics include fire life safety, bomb threat preparedness, and other personal security related issues.

Fire Safety in the Office

The best way to ensure fire safety is to prevent fires from starting. Here are some ways to keep the office safe from fires: Obey Denver no-smoking regulations. Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the interior of the buildings, plazas, at least 15 feet from all access routes onto the property, and in the dock and parking garages by law.  Be aware of building codes for the use of electrical appliances and use common sense. Use of portable heaters and fans is prohibited in the building. Never utilize holiday or party decorations that may be flammable. Never allow rubbish, empty boxes, or any other material to be placed near fire exits or in the freight elevator lobby. For more information regarding fire safety, please call the building management office.

The Building Fire Safety Plan

The fire safety plan relies on technology, including fire alarm and communications systems, smoke detectors, sprinklers, pressurization systems, door closers, and other safety mechanisms, and on Brookfield’s highly trained staff and tenant employees who are designated to assist with evacuation/relocation.

Key personnel in the fire safety plan include:

Brookfield engineering, security, and operational personnel
Tenant employees:
Floor Wardens, who are responsible for assisting with relocation/evacuation if necessary
Assistant Floor Wardens, who are responsible for assisting Floor Wardens
Searchers, who verify office areas are vacated
Buddies, who assist impaired individuals.

With the input of the Denver Fire Department, Brookfield has established a Tenant Emergency Action Plan for tenants and a Brookfield Emergency Response Plan for Brookfield personnel.

Preparing Personnel for Emergencies

Each tenant should discuss fire safety, including the following important points, with its employees (a good time to do so is after the semi-annual fire drill).

Know where fire extinguishers are located. Small fires, such as a fire in a trashcan, may be put out with a fire extinguisher.  Always call the Denver Fire Department at 911 and Central Operations at (303) 893-9345 immediately whenever a fire or smoke condition is observed.  Do not attempt to fight a spreading fire. Focus attention on notifying emergency personnel by calling 911 and Central Operations at (303) 893-9345.  Know the location of pull stations, stairwells, and exits – all employees should be able to find a fire exit in the dark.Choose a specific site outside the building to reconvene after an emergency relocation/evacuation.  The site should be far enough away to avoid injury from explosion or shattering glass.  Before leaving an office, feel the door to see if it is hot before opening it.  If it is hot, or smoke is seeping between the cracks, do not open the door. Try another exit instead.  If exit is impossible or appears unsafe, seal off the cracks around office doors; go to a window and signal for help.  If movement through the office is possible, proceed to evacuate. If there is smoke, stay low. Crawl on the ground, if possible, and take short breaths until reaching a stairwell.
ALWAYS follow the instructions of Central Operations personnel or the voice communications system if at all possible.

For more information, see Fire Drills and Emergency Relocation/Evacuation. Please call the building management office at any time for assistance in educating employees regarding fire and life safety.

Life and Safety Systems Testing and Fire Drills

Fire and life safety preparedness includes regular testing of the fire alarm, fire suppression, and communications systems and regular fire drills.

Systems Testing

The fire alarm and communications systems are tested regularly throughout the year. A full-building announcement is made prior to the beginning of the day’s testing, and an announcement is made on each floor when testing is about to begin on that floor. Another full-building announcement is made when system testing is finished for the day.

Fire Drills

Fire drills are held twice a year, typically in the spring and fall. A letter giving the date and time of the planned fire drill is sent to tenants in advance. Tenants are requested to supply or update an existing list that shows the fire wardens, assistant floor wardens, and searchers, and a current list of employees who would require assistance in case of relocation/evacuation.

During a fire drill employees should move calmly and quickly to the nearest fire exit and proceed to their relocation floor. Fire drills are conducted as follows:

During fire drills, Central Operations personnel dispatch security officers to the affected floor, the floor above, and the floor below.
The alarm is activated.
Security officers on the affected floors observe the conduct of tenants and guests, ensuring that all areas of the floor are participating.
Security officers confirm that the floor wardens and assistant floor wardens are evacuating their assigned areas and closing doors behind them, and that searchers are checking restrooms, mail rooms, conference rooms, etc., as required.
These procedures are repeated for each affected floor.
After the drill has been successfully completed, an “all clear” announcement is made, and tenants may resume normal duties.
When the fire drill for each floor has been completed, the building manager will notify tenants in writing of the overall results of the drill and of specific problems.

Relocation and Evacuation in the Case of Fire Emergencies

In order to ensure the safety of building occupants, it may be necessary to relocate or evacuate some, or all, personnel during emergencies. A schedule of designated relocation floors is provided to tenants in the annual training session and is also available by contacting the building management office.

A relocation, and if required, a full evacuation, must be an orderly and structured process. Upon a fire alarm, tenants and visitors should take the following steps:

Assist the Floor Warden in directing persons to the designated relocation floor.
If possible, close all doors, as this will slow the spread of fire.
Walk quickly; DO NOT RUN.
Keep to the RIGHT in halls and stairwells and stay in SINGLE FILE.
HOLD HANDRAIL when in the stairwell.
Merge alternately when two lines meet at various floor landings. Keep lines moving smoothly.
DO NOT TURN BACK for any reason.
Before entering through a closed door, place your hand on the door. If the door is hot, DO NOT OPEN. You may be entering a fire or endangering the lives of the people in your charge. If there is evidence of fire or smoke on the designated relocation floor (doors warm, alarm is sounding on relocation floor, or smoke is present), continue down the stairs to the next “safe” floor.
Adhere strictly to the NO SMOKING rule.
If the alarm is in your elevator bank elevators should NOT be used.  Elevators can spread smoke from floor to floor and potentially become a trap if impaired by smoke or fire damage. The Fire Department may also require the elevators to move equipment or rescue occupants.  Elevators in banks that are not in alarm may be used to evacuate people, especially physically challenged people to the lobby area.
Do not return to your floor until the “Back to Normal” announcement has been made.
If told to evacuate the building by Fire Department or Building personnel, exit via the stairwell to the street-level /lobby level, out the doors, and away from the building to your pre-arranged assembly point. Do not exit at the parking areas unless directed to do so.

Evacuation in the Case of Blackout (Loss of Electricity)

If a partial or complete loss of electrical power occurs, backup generators will power certain building systems, including life-safety systems and some elevators for emergency personnel use. Building management will determine the appropriate response to a loss of power. In general, the decision regarding the action to be taken in a blackout situation will depend on the estimated duration of the blackout.

Central Operations will keep building occupants informed by using radios and/or the voice communication system. If building management has determined that the blackout will be short-term and no evacuation is necessary, Central Operations personnel will announce that the blackout is temporary and will ask that building occupants remain calm and await the restoration of power. If the blackout is expected to last for an extended period, or its probable duration cannot be determined, the building manager may order evacuation of the affected areas.

If evacuation is deemed necessary, security officers will assist building occupants in evacuating the building.

To be successful and avoid panic and confusion, an evacuation in the case of blackout must be an orderly and structured process.

The evacuation will begin at the top of the building and proceed down to the lowest floor.
Security officers will be dispatched to the floor to assist with the floor-by-floor evacuation of the building.
Central Operations will announce the plan to evacuate over the voice communications system. Evacuation normally takes place one floor at a time.
Women should remove high-heeled shoes to make walking easier and less dangerous.
Personnel should remain calm and quiet, and move to the nearest fire exit. Do not attempt to use elevators.
If an individual on a floor is disabled or cannot walk down the stairs, a security officer will request that a co-worker stay behind with the disabled person until another means of evacuation becomes available. The security officer will inform Central Operations of every person who is stranded on each floor.
When the security officer has determined that the evacuation of a floor is complete, he or she will notify Central Operations and will then proceed to the floor below. The evacuation procedure is repeated for each floor until the affected floors are completely evacuated.
No one (other than emergency or repair personnel) will be permitted to enter the building until an all clear is declared and building personnel are permitted to return.
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