Emergency Procedures
Fire & Life Safety    

2020 K Street is protected by an alarm system. When a manual fire alarm on a floor is pulled, the alarm will automatically sound on the floor above and below the floor affected and the stairwells throughout the building.

Smoke and heat detectors are located in areas that might be prone to fire - those areas with electrical equipment and wiring - such as mechanical rooms, electric rooms, telephone closets, elevator lobbies, and janitorial closets. When activated, these will also initiate the system into alarm.

When a pull station, smoke detector, or heat detector is activated due to a fire condition, then all elevators will be recalled to the lobby level and parked. Use only the stairwells to evacuate the building in the event of a fire.

All tenants should familiarize themselves with the location of fire extinguishers and fire alarm manual stations. Tenants should also know the locations of the exits, recognize the sound of the fire alarm, know how to activate the fire alarm and notify the fire department. Proceed directly to the exit whenever the fire alarm is heard. Prior to opening a door, feel the door front to determine it there is heat behind it. If the door is hot, then do not open and find another means of egress.

Upon Discovering a Fire

  • Alert personnel who may be immediately endangered and proceed to The nearest pull station to activate the alarm system. Sound the fire alarm, no matter how small the fire seems to be.
  • Close all doors behind you, especially the door to the burning room.

Notify the Building Engineer and/or lobby desk.

What to do if Your Exit Route is Blocked by Smoke

  • Stay calm and crawl low in smoke. The air is easier to breathe near the floor.
  • If trapped in a room, then close all the doors between you and the smoke. Seal the cracks around the doors and vents.
  • Signal at the window to rescuers. If there is a phone in the room, then give the fire department your exact location, even if they are on the scene.

Fire Prevention

All employees shall observe the following fire prevention rules:

  • Keep stairwell doors closed at all times except during evacuation to minimize spreading of fire from the “chimney” effect.
  • Keep aisles clear of obstacles. Do not store equipment in aisles or block doorways. Do not block exits.
  • Safeguard all flammable materials.
  • Do not plug in an excessive quantity of electrical equipment. Continuous overloading of electrical lines causes insulation to become brittle and fall away from the wires. The lack of adequate insulation may cause wires to become overheated, which can readily ignite, causing a fire. Overloaded plugs or power strips should be avoided. If fuses or circuit breakers repeatedly blow out, then the circuit is probably overloaded. Request an electrician through the Jones Lang LaSalle's Engineers’ Office to determine the possible deficiency.
  • Maintain good housekeeping in all areas of the building, since this is one of the most effective means of preventing fire.
  • Unauthorized installation and operation of coffee makers, heating plates, microwave ovens, personal fans, and similar items must be avoided. Electric space heaters are prohibited.
  • Obey “No Smoking” signs. All areas in which smoking is prohibited will be clearly marked with “No Smoking” signs.

  • Do not use trash cans or paper disposal areas for cigarette ashes or butts.