High-Rise Residents

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Danger Above: A Factsheet on High-Rise Safety

Recent fatal fires in high-rise structures have prompted Americans to rethink fire safety. A key to fire safety for those who live and work in these special structures is to practice specific high-rise fire safety and prevention behaviors.

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) would like you to know there are simple fire safety steps you can take to prevent the loss of life and property in high-rise fires.

Be Prepared for a High-Rise Fire Emergency

Do Not Panic in the Event of a High-Rise Fire Emergency

If the Door is Warm to the Touch

Before you try to leave your apartment or office, feel the door with the back of your hand. If the door feels warm to the touch, do not attempt to open it. Stay in your apartment or office.

If the Door is Not Warm to the Touch

After a High-Rise Fire Emergency

Maintain and Install Working Smoke Alarms

No matter where you live, always install smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside and outside of sleeping areas. Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility...Fire Stops With You!