Emergency Information

In an explosion

The experiences in New York, Washington and the Oklahoma City bombing illustrate the tragic impact of a building explosion.

We know that the use of explosives can result in collapsed buildings, fires and loss of life.

People who live or work in multi-level buildings should: 

  • Review emergency evacuation procedures of their building 

  • Know where fire exits are located 

  • Keep fire extinguishers in working order. Know where they are located; and how to use them. 

  • Learn first aid

Contact the local chapter of the American Red Cross for additional information.

The following items should be kept in a designated place on each floor of any building: 

  • Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries 

  • Several flashlights and extra batteries 

  • First aid kit and manual 

  • Several hard hats 

  • Fluorescent tape to rope off dangerous areas.

During an Explosion
In a building explosion, get out of the building as quickly and calmly as possible. 

If items are falling off of bookshelves or from the ceiling, get under a sturdy table or desk. 

If there is a fire:

  • Stay low to the floor and exit the building as quickly as possible 

  • Cover nose and mouth with a wet cloth 

  • When approaching a closed door, use the palm of your hand and forearm to feel the lower, middle and upper parts of the door. If it is not hot, brace yourself against the door and open it slowly. If it is hot to the touch, do not open the door - seek an alternative escape route. 

  • Heavy smoke and poisonous gasses collect first along the ceiling. Stay below the smoke at all times.