Fire & Life Safety
LIFE SAFETY PLAN:
Each tenant is also provided with a floor plan showing locations of stairwells and exits. A specific evacuation plan for your suite should be developed for your office, in conjunction with building procedures. Your plan should include a check-in location where all employees are to meet after they have exited the building. All of your employees should be familiar with this plan. Please post it in a conspicuous place so that it is obvious to all exiting the office.
- A minimum of two Manual fire alarm pull stations are located on each floor near the building stairwells. The fire alarm enunciator panel is located in the fire command room, which indicates the floor the alarm has triggered. When a pull station is activated on your floor, you will hear an audible alarm, see a corresponding strobe light alarm and hear the automatic evacuation announcement. The alarm is designated to sound on the floor where the alarm was triggered, the floor below and the floors above. The automatic evacuation message will only be heard on the floor where the alarm was triggered. Additionally, you may hear the alarms echoing throughout the stairwells and elevator shafts. Should you hear this alarm, do not hesitate to begin evacuating the building to the ground floor.
- Smoke Detectors are located throughout the building, including the elevator lobbies, in front of the freight elevators, in the building equipment rooms and throughout tenant suites. Smoke/heat detectors are also located in all mechanical rooms throughout the building. In case of either fire or smoke, these detectors will automatically turn off the air conditioning systems, trigger the fire alarm and register on the fire alarm panel as above.
- Automatic Fire Sprinklers are located throughout the building. The entire building and parking garage is covered to provide safe passage to the fire exits. If a fire sprinkler is triggered, it will register on the fire alarm panel as above.
- Smoke resistant stairwells are located on both the North and South corners of Brookhollow II. Stairwells in Brookhollow III are located on both the Northeast and Southwest corners in the building. Stairwells are your safest haven, fire resistant and safe from smoke, provided the doors are not propped open.
- Two Fire Extinguishers are located inside each stairwell doorway. Fire extinguishers may also be located in each tenant suite. Tenants will need to ensure that all employees are trained in their use.
- An Emergency Public Address System provides for instantaneous one-way communication, from the Fire Command Room, throughout the building. This system will be used during an emergency and/or evacuation drill to communicate instructions to tenants. It will also be used periodically to conduct equipment tests.
- The Central Alarm Panel is located at the lobby in the Fire Command Room and is activated whenever an alarm condition exists anywhere in the building. The panel will identify the alarm type and its location for any problem. Hertz Investment Group's property management staff and the security staff have been thoroughly trained on reading this panel and executing the proper actions for any given emergency.
- The Compartmental Design of the building is intended to prevent fire from spreading from one office space to another. Fire-rated walls are designed to contain the fire in the area it starts.
- All air conditioning ducts contain Fire Dampers to slow the spread of fire/smoke through the air conditioning system.
- Power Supply to the building is centrally controlled for emergency shutdown.
- An Emergency Diesel Generator powers all exit lights, emergency lights, fire pumps and elevators in the case of power loss.
- All Stairwells are equipped with Battery back-up lighting in the event all power and/or emergency generator service is interrupted in the building.
- An external Siamese Standpipe Connection is available for easy connection to the City’s fire trucks for emergency back-up service to the building fire pumps.
- Security guards are equipped with cellular phones and are on duty 24 hours, 7 days per week.
Life Safety Director: The Life Safety Director, a member of the property management staff, reports directly to the Fire Department for the supervision and maintenance of the entire Life Safety program.
Life Safety Team: The Life Safety Team consists of members of the property management and security staff. While on duty, all of these people carry cellular phones that allow them to receive immediate notification in the event of an emergency.
Fire Warden: The Fire Warden is a tenant employee, holding a position of sufficient authority, to ensure the proper response by suite occupants. They will take charge of the emergency plan and operation of the suite and coordinate the efforts of the Life Safety Team and Fire Department.
Assistant Fire Warden: The Assistant Fire Warden is a tenant employee who will assume the duties of the Fire Warden in the event he/she is absent or unable to perform her/her duties. They will ensure that their portion of the floor has been searched and that they have accounted for each person and everyone had been directed to the primary evacuation stairwell.
FIRE WARDENS RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Fire Warden is a tenant employee holding a position of sufficient authority, to ensure timely and proper response by suite occupants.
- The Fire Warden must be familiar with the Emergency Evacuation Plan.
- Fire Wardens will review and study the floor plan for his/her suite, the number of suite occupants and the number of exits for the purpose of dividing the population into groups or squads and to formulate the traffic patterns for a timely and proper evacuation in both primary and secondary exits.
- Periodically, Fire Wardens shall make checks to prevent any accumulation of combustible materials in the entrances, exits, lobbies, corridors and aisles of his/her suite.
- Each Fire Warden shall be responsible for the Assistant Fire Wardens and all employees with physical impairments (if necessary).
- Fire Wardens shall have available, a current list of all persons with disabilities. This list shall include locations of both the disabled persons. This list should be updated monthly and a copy given to the property management office. It is the responsibility of the Fire Warden to ensure that each disabled employee in the suite is evacuated to the interior of the stairwell for rescue by fire fighters.
During an emergency:
- Take up positions in the corridor by the appropriate stairwell exit.
- Instruct Assistant Fire Wardens and searchers to immediately inspect their assigned area, including restrooms, and report their findings.
- Insure that the Fire Wardens have located the people they are assigned to and that they have sufficient help in moving them to the interior of the stairwell.
- Before opening any stairwell door, it should be checked to make certain that it is not hot. DO NOT OPEN A HOT DOOR. If the door is not hot and the stairwell does not contain heavy smoke, have all floor occupants proceed down the stairwell at a steady but safe pace.
- After arriving at your designated assembly area (of each tenant's choosing or as designated by emergency personel), perform a head count. If an employee is unaccounted for, you should proceed to the Evacuation Command Post to advise the Safety Director that an employee cannot be accounted for.
ASSISTANT FIRE WARDENS RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Each Assistant Fire Warden is responsible for assisting the Fire Warden to whom he/she is assigned.
- The Assistant Fire Warden must be familiar with the Emergency Evacuation Plan and the location of all exits.
During an emergency:
- Immediately go to the appropriate stairwell exit. If the Fire Warden is not present, then assume the duties of the Fire Warden.
- If the Fire Warden is present, check to make sure that all interior doors are closed in your suite. Close, but DO NOT LOCK, all interior doors when evacuating. Turn off all electrical equipment except lights.
- Be certain all personnel have been evacuated before leaving your floor to report to your designated area.
- Report to your Fire Warden any personnel that cannot be accounted for.
Each tenant will select responsible and dependable employees to be designated for positions of Fire Warden and Assistant Fire Wardens. These individuals should be personnel who remain in the office on a daily basis.
NOTIFICATION OF NEED TO EVACUATE
You may be alerted to evacuate by a horn sounding, a message transmitted over the building's emergency paging system or word of mouth from your Fire Warden, a member of Security or the property management office.
It is imperative that panic is avoided and any evacuation move be made as smoothly as possible. Upon notification, all occupants in the building should not hesitate to begin evacuating the building.