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Tenants in the building are urged to report any deficiencies that may affect tenant and building safety. These reports can be reported to the floor warden, or the building management office. Examples of these deficiencies might include:

  • An accumulation of large quantities of paper trash. Keep all storage at least 18-24 inches away from the ceiling at all times.
  • Materials in the exit pathways or in the corridors.
  • Defective appliance cords or outlets.
  • Exit lights that are burned out.
  • Fire extinguishers that need servicing.

Tenants are also advised to do their part in keeping the building free from fire hazards by doing the following:

  • Smoking is prohibited inside the building, including the loading dock and parking garage.  The roof garden has areas for smoking.
  • Turning coffee makers off when not in use.
  • Stacking files no closer than 18” from sprinkler heads.

Do not block, open or closed:

  • Fire Doors
  • Exit Ways
  • Fire Equipment
  • Extinguishers

Do not by-pass ground plug on 3-prong cords.
Plug large appliances directly into wall outlet


  • Main Responsibilities:
  • Ensure that the San Francisco Fire Department has been notified by calling 911 emergency phone system. Upon hearing the fire alarm or receiving a report of fire or smoke, activate the fire alarm if not yet activated.
  • Ensure elevators have been recalled to ground level.
  • Confirm automated announcements are playing.  If not, make emergency public address announcements. Give instructions to relocate / evacuate, start floor warden system, stay in place, prepare for upper floor relocation.
  • Ensure that building keys, maps of all floors (roof and basement included), red firefighter’s phones, and updated list of persons in need of evacuation assistance is available for the Fire Department.  (These items shall be readily available at the fire alarm panel or FCC room).
  • Secure building entrance for responding emergency units:
  • Keep area clear of tenants, visitors, or onlookers.
  • Keep phone lines clear.  Trapped or injured tenants, residents, or guests may be trying to call.
  • Relay known information to Fire Department Officer-in-Charge:
  • Location of fire, smoke, medical emergency or alarm.
  • Location of fire alarm panel.
  • Location of any known trapped persons.
  • Location of anyone in need of evacuation assistance (disabled or elderly).
  • Public phone number to FCC room or front desk (This number shall be labeled on back of red firefighter’s phone or on emergency key ring).


Ensure training of:

  • Floor Warden, Searcher, Disabled Aide, Exit Monitor, and Elevator Monitor:
    • Safe evacuation / relocation procedures
    • Fire safety and prevention
    • Location and use of fire extinguishers
    • Fire restrictions
    • Fire drills
  • On-Site Management, Engineers, Security, and Janitorial Staff:
    • Response communications (radio and phones)
    • Assigned duties
    • Crowd control
    • Fire safety and prevention
    • Location and use of fire extinguishers, hoses, sprinkler valves, alarm panels, water, electrical and gas shut-offs
    • CPR and First Aid
    • Fire drills 
  • Tenants:
    • Fire safety and prevention
    • CPR and First Aid
    • Fire extinguisher and restriction
    • Fire drills – evacuation / relocation
  • Implements and maintains the Tenant Emergency Guide.
  • Logs all training and inspections, testing and maintenance of life safety equipment


  • Call 9-1-1 from safe location
  • Assist others or defend in place in exiting, ONLY if safe to do so.
  • Extinguish small fires, ONLY if safe to do so.
  • Evacuate / relocate and restrict spread of fire by closing doors and windows behind you.
  • Follow all directions given by Floor Warden Staff or Fire Safety Director.
  • Do not reenter building until Fire Department approves reentry.
  • Call 911 to inform operator of your circumstance.


When descending stairs, stay to your right and out of the way of ascending fire personnel.  Keep calm, exit orderly, and follow all directions.  Feel doors for heat before opening and crawl low in smoke or heat.


To use fire extinguisher

  • Ensure that alarm has been sounded.
  • Check fire extinguisher (is it the proper type and is it in good condition?)
  • Carry extinguisher to fire, pull ring pin, and aim at base of fire. Crouch down low.  Squeeze handle. Sweep side-to-side, working your way up. (Remember to keep between the exit and fire). Begin distance from fire at 8 feet before discharging.

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