The FDNY urges all residents of high-rise buildings to do the following in case of fire:
If the fire is in your apartment:
- Leave immediately and close the door behind you.
- Call 911 once you are out of the apartment.
If the fire is not in your apartment:
- Stay in your apartment. Buildings above seven floors are fireproof.
- Call the FDNY, let them know you are there. The FDNY will come to your apartment
- You also can call building management, which will be updated by the Fire Department.
- Keep your door closed. If smoke is coming into your apartment, put a wet towel below your door.
“Your natural instinct is to flee, but that is dangerous,”
Chief Esposito said. “People need to help themselves, and use this information
to protect their families.”