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High Rise Safety
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Should I stay or should I go ... the decision is yours. Each option involves a major commitment on your part. Your choice will depend on the circumstances at the time of the emergency. Every fire is potentially dangerous and unpredictable, so do not underestimate the risk to your life. Fire and smoke move very quickly, and the conditions in any part of the building may change in an instant. Smoke can spread throughout a building and enter your suite even when the fire is many floors away.
The following information will help you to make the right decision and to develop a personal fire emergency response plan ahead of time.
When should I go?
Evacuation is appropriate under any of the following conditions:
- As soon as possible when you hear the fire alarm or discover a fire.
- When the fire is in your suite.
- When the fire is on your floor or the floor below you.
When should I stay in my suite?
Remaining in the suite is appropriate under any of the following conditions:
- If you encounter smoke in the corridor on your floor.
- If you encounter smoke in the exit stairs.
- If instructed to remain in the suite by fire department personnel handling the fire emergency
- If you are physically unable to use the stairs.
This information is available at the Fire Marshal’s website www.ofm.gov.on.ca.