Fire Alarm Systems
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Royal Centre

1055 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

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. To date, most fire alarms in the building have not involved an actual fire, however for the safety of all occupants; all fire alarms should be treated as a real emergency when bells or announcement are sounding.

The fire alarm system consists of the following equipment:
  • 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.
  • Central Control Station located behind the Security Front Desk in the building lobby
  • Fire Hose Cabinets and Extinguishers.
  • Fire Exit Stairwells.
  • Emergency Power System.
If you Discover Fire or Smoke
  • 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 conditions has been cleared.
If a Fire Alarm is Heard
Royal Centre 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 Alert Tone.

The Evacuation Tone is Heard
  • 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.
  • If you encounter smoke in the corridor or stairwell, use the other Exit stairwell located on your floor area. There are unlocked doors “cross-over” floors in the stairwells, which are as follows.Low Rise: Floors 20th, 16th, 11th, 6th, 4th, 3rd-south side and Mezzanine. High Rise: Floors 35th, 33rd, 28th, 27th, 22nd and 21st. 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.
The Alert Tone Sounds
  • 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.
Evacuating Endangered Occupants
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 VANCOUVER 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.
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