November 20, 2003
Safety in Close Quarters
Know where the exits are
(HealthDayNews) -- Before you attend a large gathering inside a closed space, know what to do in case of an emergency.
The U.S. National Fire Protection Association offers these guidelines:
- If the venue looks run down, with a narrow entrance and few exits, consider leaving.
- Pick a place outside to meet your companions in case you get separated.
- When you go inside, identify all exits. Check that the one closest to you is not blocked or locked. If it is, let management know and make sure the violation is addressed immediately.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, leave.
- If an alarm sounds, or you see smoke or fire, don't wait to see what happens. Exit calmly; don't charge the door.