Building evacuations

Most buildings have two-tone emergency sirens.

  • On hearing an alert signal (beep-beep sound): lock workstations, secure valuables, stand by and await instructions from a Warden. If no wardens are present then evacuate via the nearest safe exit.
  • On hearing the evacuation siren (whooping sound): evacuate in an orderly manner obeying any directions from wardens. Evacuate to the relevant assembly area as directed by wardens (wearing a red, yellow or white helmet). Do not leave the assembly area until you are instructed to by emergency services or a Warden.

Note: Most automatic alarms will change from alert to evacuate automatically after 3 minutes.
Regardless of anything else, you must evacuate when the evacuation siren sounds.

Some smaller buildings have a fire bell.  On hearing the fire alarm bell:

  • Evacuate in an orderly manner obeying any directions from wardens.
  • Evacuate to the assembly area. Do not leave the assembly area until you are instructed to by emergency services or a Warden.

Assembly areas 

In the event of an emergency or fire, do not panic.

Calmly make your way to the nearest assembly area and await further instructions.


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