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Action Plan in Case of Fire (UDI-1, 24 September 2013)

1. The action plan determines sequence of activities for employees, visitors and students in case of fire at Rīga Stradiņš University. Description of the sequence of activities is based on three conditions:

1.1. each employee of the establishment has participated in the fire security instructing, has acquired skills for the use of fire extinguishing means;
1.2. each employee is capable of disconnecting electricity for suppliers in hisftrer floor and work place; and
1.3. each employee is capable of saving or evacuating material values from the place of accident.

 

2. Actions if smoke or fire is noticed

Smoke or fire is noticed
  • Perform fire extinguishing works using fire extinguishers or other fire extinguishing means

  • If possible, disconnect electricity in the room(-s) or object

If it is not possible to smother the fire
within 30 seconds
  • Announce general state of emergency (in the case of necessity fire alarm is started by pressing the fire alarm button) asking the employees, visitors and students start immediate evacuation from the premises

  • Upon noticing a person with special needs, immediately help this person evacuate

  • Immediately notify State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia (hereinafter – SFRS) by calling 112 (calling from the central phone of the main building of the establishment in Rīga, 16 Dzirciema Street – 9 112), naming:

    • the address of the object on fire and characterisation of fire;
    • name, surname, contact telephone; and
    • requested additional information

Telephone call shall not be ended as long as it has not been done by the SFRS operator

  • Inform the person in charge of fire security at RSU (D. Tolmanis) by calling +371 67409117 or +371 26437379

  • Inform the head of the relevant structural unit

Necessity of the relevant service is
established
If necessary, call medical or emergency service by dialling 112
If there is a victim If there is no threat to life, evacuate the victim from the emergency zone and provide first aid
If necessary and if there is no threat to
life
Evacuate belongings from the premises. Note: if there are gas containers in the premises or inflammable substances, they must be evacuated first!!! If it is not possible, immediately inform the employees of SFRS regarding this
After the arrival of SFRS unit Obey the orders of SFRS officials and in case of necessity, provide help in fire extinguishing, according to the instructions of SFRS officials

 

3. Hearing the alarm/receiving information about evacuation, each employee, visitor or student of the establishment

After the receipt of information
  • If the fire has not started in your own place of work (office), ptace important documents or tools in metal cases or safes (if available) and lock them

  • If possible, disconnect electricity in the room(-s)

  • Close windows, lock the office and go to emergency exit to receive information about further action (gathering place, etc.)

After having left the office Evacuate from the building using evacuation signs and erracuation passages
After the arrival of SFRS unit Obey the orders of SFRS officials and in case of necessity provide help in fire extinguishing according to the instructions of SFRS officials

 

4. Actions of persons on duty or security guards, receiving information about fire

After the receipt of the call about fire/after start of alarm Clarify the cause of fire.
Smoke or fire is noticed
  • If being in the object, perform fire extinguishing works using fire extinguishers or other other fire extinguishing means.
  • If possible, disconnect electricity in the room(-s)

If it is not possible to smother the fire
within 30 seconds
  • Announce general state of emergency (if necessary, start the fire alarm by pressing the fire alarm button), ask the employees, visitors and students start immediate evacuation from the premises

  • Immediately notify State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia (hereinafter – SFRS) by calling 112 (calling from the central phone of the main building of the establishment in Rīga, 16 Dzirciema Street – 9 112), naming:

    • the address of the object on fire and characterisation of fire;
    • name, surname, contact telephone; and
    • requested additional information.

Telephone call shall not be ended as long as it has not been done by the SFRS operator.

  • Inform the person in charge of fire security at RSU (D. Tolmanis) by calling +371 67409117 or +371 26437379.

If there is a victim If there is no threat to life, evacuate the victim from the emergency zone and provide first aid
While SFRS unit is on the way Perform fire extinguishing works using fire extinguishing taps, fire extinguishers
While the fire has not been extinguished Organise evacuation of belongings and guard, attracting reinforcements in case of necessity
After the arrival of SFRS unit
  • Inform SFRS official about people, who are located or might be located at the place of fire, and about the fire hazard of the object

  • Obey the orders of SFRS officials and in case of necessity, provide help in fire extinguishing, according to the instructions of SFRS officials

 

5. Organisation of evacuation

5.1. After the receipt of information about the fire, follow evacuation signs and leave the building.
5.2. During the evacuation it is necessary to prevent occuffence of panic, explaining people that exits are open and everybody will receive aid.
5.3. Avoid rooms filled with smoke, after leaving such rooms you must stay close to walls and near the floor, if possible, covering respiratory organs (nose and mouth) with damp cloth to prevent poisoning with smoke and charcoal fumes.
5.4. First of all people must be evacuated from premises where their lives and health are threatened the most under the circumstanees of the fire, as well as top floors. Leaving the room, close all doors and windows, because fresh air enhances quick spread of fire.
5.5. Intemal stairs (staircase) shall be used primarily for the evacuation of people from top floors. If staircase is filled with smoke, windows must be immediately either opened or broken to let out smoke and ensure inflow of fresh air. Doors to premises filled with smoke spreading to the staircase must be densely closed. Use of lifts is strictly forbidden!
5.6. In all cases when rescue works are organised by using windows, loggias or balconies, all doors and unused windows must be closed in the relevant room to prevent draught enhancing burning and to prevent smoke from spreading in the room.


6. Individual safety when no notifrcation has been made about the accident, etc.

6.1. If the room is filled with smoke and it is not possible to leave the room, crawl towards the window. Slightly open the window. If the window is opened entirely, additional draught will be caused, which will consequently enhance inflow of smoke in the room.
6.2. Stay low near the window. Thereby you will be able to breathe fresh air from outside and avoid smoke that will gradually fill the room.
6.3. If you find the door and feel that it is hot, do not open the door. It may mean that the fire has spread in the room behind the door. If you open the door, flames will immediately spread in the room. The closed door may serve as a safe cover from fire and may protect you until help arrives.
6.4. If the door is hot, block the holes as much as you can. Everything at hand – wet towels or other materials – may be used for this pu{pose.
6.5. Open or break the window only in case of extreme necessity. However, in such case smoke may get inside the room also from the outside of the building. Furthermore, if the window is broken, you no longer have the chance to close it.
6.6. If you are on the first floor and are able to safely get out through the window – do it. If you are located higher than the first floor, try to refrain from the decision ofjumping out the window as long as you can to avoid injuries caused by jumping from a dangerous height.
6.7. If you cannot exit the room, try to make some noise so that others would hear you and know where you are. The best way to do this - banging together various objects, instead of screaming as it is important to save the breath. Moreover, you will attract attention to your location by waving with a towel or curtains through the window.
6.8. If the door of the room is not hot, slightly open it to make sure there is no smoke and fire outside the room. When you leave the room, lock (close) the door. The latter will reduce the spread of fire and will protect your property. Do not forget to take the keys with you. If all evacuation passages are closed and you are not able to leave the building, you will need the key to get back in the room that will become the safest place to escape the fire, as well as it will be necessary to open the room after the fire accident.
6.9. If possible, cover your nose and mouth with damp cloth to prevent burning yorn lungs with hot fumes.
6.10. If your clothes catch fire, do not panic and avoid fast movement of your anns, because this will enhance spread of flames. In such case stop, lay down on the floor, start rolling front and back. If a blanket is within your reach (in case of extreme necessity – a coat), wrap it around you. If you notice that clothes of another person are on fire, do not automatically assume that this person knows how to act. First of all inform the person, then push the person down on the floor and start rolling the person front and back until the flames disappear. Act fast! A blanket, your jacket or any other piece of your clothes may be used for smothering flames.
6.11. Do not stay too long in staircases or corridors, thinking what to do. Help all persons located in adjacent rooms if they struggle with fire; if help is not needed, go to the information service on the first floor to receive information about further action. Movement in evacuationp assagesis only in one direction. One should not move along the passagesin the opposite direction.
6.12. If a person has tripped over in the evacuation passages, try to lift the person up and help evacuate.
6.13. Evacuated people may return in the premises only after permission from the State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia has been received.


Rīga Stradiņš University, 16 Dzirciema Street, Rīga, LV-1007, Latvia, +371 67409262 (UTC +3), daep@rsu.lv