Fire Alarm Systems
This section is to familiarize both tenant and employees with the life safety policies and procedures should a fire alarm occur in the building. For the safety of all occupants; all fire alarms should be treated as a real emergency when alarms or announcements are sounding.
The fire alarm system consists of the following equipment:
If you Discover Fire or Smoke
- Alarm tone and voice communication throughout the common and tenant areas.
- Manual Pull Stations are at each exit stairwell and on both sides of any door equipped with magnetic locking devices.
- Sprinkler System
- Heat and Smoke Detectors.
- Fire Control Station on the ground floor (C.A.C.F. Room).
- Fire Hose Cabinets and Extinguishers.
- Fire Exit Stairwells.
- Emergency Power System.
If a Fire Alarm is Heard
- Remain calm. Leave the fire area, closing doors behind you.
- Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station. To operate, pull down the fingertip lever. This will activate the fire alarm system.
- When safe to do so, call 911. Provide your name, building address, and the location of the fire.
- Immediately evacuate via the nearest fire exit. Follow the directions of your Fire Safety Team. Do not use elevators.
- Do not return until it is declared by a Fire Official or Brookfield personnel that the alarm condition has been cleared.
First Canadian Place is equipped with a two-staged fire alarm system. It has two (2) separate and distinct tones:
- The Evacuation Tone is recognized by a continuous siren-like tone.
- The Alert Tone is recognized by an intermittent siren-like tone.
When an alarm is activated from any floor, the floor where the alarm originates, and the floor above and below will receive the Evacuation Tone
. The remainder of the floors in that rise will receive an Alert Tone
The Evacuation Tone is Heard
The Alert Tone Sounds
- Do not wait for announcements. Remain calm and immediately evacuate via the nearest fire exit, closing all doors behind you (take your suite key). Before opening the door, feel the knob for heat. If it is not hot, brace yourself against the door and open it slightly. If you feel air pressure or a hot draft, close the door quickly.
- Follow the directions of your Fire Safety Team, (See section 3.8).
- If you encounter smoke in the corridor or stairwell, use the other Exit stairwell located on your floor area. There are unlocked doors in the stairwells. These “cross-over” floors allow you to switch stairwells, should you encounter smoke in the one you are in.
- Do not use the elevators, as they will automatically home to the ground floor during an alarm and will typically be unavailable.
- Do not return until a Fire Official or Brookfield personnel has announced that the alarm condition has been cleared.
Evacuating Endangered Occupants
- This tone indicates a potential fire condition exists somewhere in the building. Remain at your workstation but be prepared to leave the building if it becomes necessary.
- Listen to announcements and instructions via the voice communication system and follow the instructions of your Tenant Fire Safety Team.
If you cannot leave your area, or have to return to it because of heavy smoke or fire, remain calm and:
- Close the Door
- Unlock the door in the event fire fighters may need to enter the area.
- Seal all cracks where smoke may get in (e.g. under the door, air conditioning and heating vents).
- If you require assistance for evacuation, dial 911 and tell the TORONTO FIRE DEPARTMENT where you are.
- Crouch low to the floor if smoke comes into the room.
- Move to the most protected room.
- Remain calm and wait to be rescued. Do not consider jumping.
As part of our commitment to the safety of our tenants, First Canadian Place has created a Fire & Life Safety Training Video. Please ensure that all employees take the time to watch this video once per year at a minimum. This video is available on our website www.firstcanadianplace.com