Smoke/Fire Information

If You Smell Smoke:
  1. Call the Management Office - (770) 569-1124. Report the smoke, giving the location if possible and any other available details.
  2. Notify your designated Tenant Safety Coordinator.
  3. If you see or hear the alarm in your area YOU MUST EVACUATE. Use the stairwell. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.

If You See Fire:
  4. Try to notify your designated tenant safety coordinator and building management immediately.

If Ordered to Evacuate:
  1. At the sound of the alarm on your floor, evacuate the Building.
  2. Follow the evacuation instructions precisely
      2. Use stairwells only 
      3. Walk – do not run down the stairs
      4. Stay calm and orderly
      5. Report to your tenant safety coordinator in your designated assembly location

  1. Multi-purpose "ABC" fire extinguishers are located in wall-mounted fire hose cabinets just outside the stairwells on each floor in Sanctuary Park. Tenants should become familiar with the exact location and the proper use of these devices.
  2. When an alarm on any floor is activated, all floors throughout the building also go into alarm.
  3. Each floor of Sanctuary Park has exit stairwells identified on evacuation maps on each floor. Smoking is prohibited in the stairwells.
  4. Stairwell doors must not be propped open as this may permit a fire or smoke to spread into the exit stairwells. Tenants should become familiar with the location of all exit stairwells on their floor.

Types of Fires
The two most common types of fires in office spaces and buildings are
1) accidental fire caused by carelessness or equipment malfunctions; and 2) incendiary or arson fires. Fires are classified by the type of fuel:
Class A: Fires in such ordinary combustibles as paper, wood, cloth, rubber, textiles and many plastics.
Class B: Fires in flammable liquids such as grease, oil, paint and gasoline.
Class C: Fires involving energized electrical equipment where there is a risk of shock. (When electrical equipment is de-energized, Class A fire extinguishers may be used safely.)
Class D: Fires in combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, zirconium, etc.

Multi-purpose "ABC" extinguishers can be purchased to handle all classes of office fires. These chemical-based extinguishers can cause damage to electronic equipment. Water extinguishers must not be used if an electrical current is present because of the danger of electrical shock. A fire in electronic equipment rooms will require the use of an "ABC" rated fire extinguisher; "A" because there is likely to be paper nearby, "B" because there may be oil or grease involved, and "C" because it is electrical equipment. Contact your insurance carrier with regards to the requirements for fire extinguishers in your office.

  • Sanctuary Park has a no smoking policy in buildings as a result of the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance passed in April 1993. No smoking is allowed in any of the common areas, including stairwells and corridors. Space heaters are prohibited.
  • Any flammable or combustible supplies should be stored in NFPA approved fire cabinets. Be sure all electrical appliances are turned off when not in use.
  • Arrange for proper use and storage of adhesives, cleaning fluids, and other flammable liquids and, where possible, substitution of less flammable products.
  • Eliminate extension cords where possible, by providing more power outlets or relocating some electrical equipment. The Building recommends 6 foot, UL approved extension cords. NO LAMP EXTENSION CORDS OR MULTI-JACKS SHOULD BE UTILIZED. Extensions cords should NEVER be placed in walk paths as this can cause serious accidents as the result of tripping.
  • Provide adequate ventilation for office equipment like copying machines, printers or computers. Do not use candles or exposed flames in the office. The building is equipped with emergency lighting so no additional lighting is necessary.
  • Report any potential fire hazards in the building to the Management Office immediately. Only fire-proof artificial Holiday are allowed on the property.

  1. Tenants should make arrangements to protect areas such as computer rooms, mail rooms, and duplicating and storage areas with fire-rated enclosures and fire extinguishers. If the size or value density of these areas is large, smoke detectors or automatic extinguishing systems should be considered. 
  2. Tenants should take steps to safeguard their business from the effects of a fire in the Building by protecting vital documents and company records. This can be done by off-site storage facilities, records, or fire-resistant storage areas. The specific method of protection will depend on the size and nature of the material involved.

  • Each tenant should appoint a Tenant Safety Coordinator and one Alternate for every 50 employees. Full-floor and multi-floor tenants will require multiple Tenant Safety Coordinators and Alternates. The people chosen should be individuals who rarely travel and who are familiar with the names and faces of all employees in your office. One Safety Coordinator should be responsible for the development and implementation of the tenant's fire safety program. This program should include:
    • Development of evacuation plans. 
      • Familiarize employees with the location of all exit stairwells. 
        Familiarize employees with the location and proper use of fire extinguishers in the Building.
        Inform employees as to who is responsible for the order to evacuate. 
        Inform the Management Office of all handicapped people who might require assistance during evacuation.
      • Train employees in emergency response procedures.
      • Practice emergency procedures to assure familiarity with individual responsibilities.
  • The Management Team is available to assist you in organizing training sessions for your designated employees.
      • In the event of a fire in the tenant's space, the Tenant Safety Coordinator is in charge until the appropriate emergency personnel arrives. The Tenant Safety Coordinator and the other designated employees should initiate the following emergency procedures:
      • Close all doors leading to the fire.
      • Immediately activate the alarm by pulling a pull station.
      • If safe to do so, call 911, then the Management Office - (770) 569-1124, and report the fire's exact location and what is burning.
      • The Tenant Safety Coordinator should coordinate his/her activities with those of other Tenant Safety Coordinators on the fire floor.
      • If evacuation becomes necessary prior to the arrival of the appropriate emergency personnel, the Tenant Safety Coordinator will give the order to evacuate in accordance with the procedures outlined in the next section. The Tenant Safety Coordinator should notify the Management Office of this action. Building Management will immediately proceed to the scene with further instructions.
      • When the Fire Marshall arrives on the premises, he/she is in charge, and all tenants must respond to any orders issued. The Management Office staff will assist the Fire Marshall as directed.

Mobility Impaired
The evacuation of mobile impaired persons will be the responsibility of each tenant. The Tenant Safety Coordinator should identify those people who will require assistance during an evacuation and establish an action plan for evacuating these employees. It is recommended that two (2) persons be assigned to assist each mobile impaired person in the office. If any problem arises in the evacuation of impaired persons, contact the Fire Department for assistance immediately. A list of all mobile impaired persons should be forwarded to the Management Office.
Evacuation of mobile impaired persons can be accomplished by escorting the individual to a designated safe location in the stairwell landing of each floor. The Fire Department will be notified upon arrival and they will locate and remove the individual from the building.
  1. Notify the Management Office of the impaired person location.
  2. Take down phone number and location of where person is located.


Full Building Evacuation
In order to ensure a clear, uninhibited entry for the Fire Department into the Building and to the fire area, it is extremely important that all tenants evacuate in the precise manner and to the exact area as designated by the Building Manager, Tenant Safety Coordinator, or Fire Department.
The following evacuation procedures should be observed:
  • If possible, grab purses, wallets, valuables, etc. as soon as the order to evacuate is given. You will not be allowed back into the space until the Fire Department or Building Management says it is safe to re-enter. However, purses, wallets, etc. should not take precedence over your own safety. If they are not directly at hand, ignore them and follow evacuation procedures.
  • Before opening any door to the corridor, check the door and doorknob for heat. If it is warm, stay in your office and, if possible, caulk around the door seams using wet towels or "duct" tape. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR! Find another exit to the corridor.
  • If both your door and doorknob are cool, and you leave your office:
    • Check for smoke in the corridor.
    • Move to areas away from the building to insure you do not inhibit fire-fighting activities. The stairwells exit the Building on the ground floor into corridors leading directly to outside exits.
    • Evacuate to the exact area designated by your company's plan or Fire Department.
    • Once you are in the stairwell, should you encounter smoke on your descent, get out of the stairwell into any clear corridor and proceed to a different stairwell.
    • Check stairwells for smoke.
    • DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE THE ELEVATORS. Report to the main lobby where the doors will open during building alarm and are not available for usage.
    • DO NOT PANIC. Panic is the most harmful and most difficult element to control in an emergency. Avoiding panic is accomplished through the following steps: 
      • ​Calmness and self-confidence of responsible personnel.
      • Confidence in the responsible personnel's ability and guidance.
      • Knowledge of procedures which must be followed. 
      • Everyone should proceed quickly, but calmly to the nearest stairwell. DO NOT RUN All the stairwells are constructed with fire-resistant materials to provide safe evacuation for building occupants.
      • When smoke is present, stay low by crawling since clean air is closest to the floor.
  • A person should be designated to walk the suite to assist employees and make sure everyone is aware of the evacuation order.
  • The last person leaving any enclosed office area should close the office door, without locking it. This will help to confine any fire until the arrival of the Fire Department.
  • Form a single-file line at the stairwell exit door and proceed calmly and carefully to the stairwell designated in your evacuation instructions. Do not open any door without first checking to see if it is hot. If the door is hot, there is undoubtedly a fire on the other side. Proceed to another floor.
  • Conversation should be kept to a minimum. Everyone should stay in a single-file line on the right side of the staircase.
  • Once the evacuation has begun, no one should attempt to re-enter the evacuated area until it has been declared safe by Fire Department officials or Building Management.
  • During evacuation, mobile impaired persons should be helped into a fire-protected stairwell. The Tenant Safety Coordinator should notify the Building Management Office as to the location of handicapped employees so that security personnel may respond to assist their evacuation.
  • The Tenant Safety Coordinator or Alternate should proceed to take a head count to determine if everyone is accounted for. If someone is missing, this information should be relayed to the security personnel outside the building. If evacuation of an area is not possible because all escape routes are blocked by fire or thick smoke, the following procedures should be observed:
    • ​Move as far away from the fire as possible. Close all doors as you go. Every closed door between you and the fire provides a barrier against smoke.
    • DO NOT BREAK THE WINDOW GLASS Under certain conditions, an open window may draw smoke into the area. If the glass has been broken, there will be no way to stop the smoke from entering the room.
    • Stuff clothing or other materials around ventilation ducts and cracks in the doors to prevent smoke-filled air from penetrating the area.
    • If a phone is accessible, call the Fire Department (911) and then the Building Management Office at (770) 569-1124 with your precise location.
Partial Building Evacuation
In the event it is necessary to partially evacuate the building you will be notified by a Building Management representative the reason for the evacuation and the area of relocation. 

Plan for Relocation
In the event that is necessary to relocate, a Building Management representative or a city emergency services representative will direct you to the refuge area. 

Shelter in Place
In the event that is necessary for shelter in place to be implemented the following procedures are recommended:
Select interior room(s) above the ground floor, with the fewest windows or vents. The room(s) should have adequate space for everyone to be able to sit. Avoid overcrowding by selecting several rooms if necessary. Large storage closets, utility rooms, pantries, copy and conference rooms without exterior windows will work well. Avoid selecting a room with mechanical equipment like ventilation blowers or pipes, because this equipment may not be able to be sealed from the outdoors.