At Park Tower, we do inspect your door closers once a year when we come by in early summer as a part of filter change program and smoke detector testing. The City of Chicago fire inspector actually requested that we check these annually. But if your door does not shut behind you, AND LATCH, you should contact us and put in a work ticket to have it looked at. It does appear that a door left ajar as residents fled their unit, caused the fire to worsen, and the spread of smoke throughout other locations. This unfortunately is what is believed to result in injuries and deaths.
Safety doors failed in New York City high-rise fire that killed 17
In response to the incident, the Chicago Fire Department had a message for high rise residents: Click Here
For PTCA Residents, we do have an Emergency Plan which is distributed to new residents as a part of the orientation process, updated at least annually and reviewed at Life Safety Meetings which we typically hold once a year. And though our focus is on the tragedy in New York, we need to be prepared for more than just fires!
Here are some of the basics:
BASIC EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
Below are easy-to-follow instructions in case of an emergency. A separate emergency handbook containing detailed information is available online and from the management office. Residents are advised to notify the management office of any disabilities or special needs to arrange for assistance in the event an evacuation is necessary.
THE CALM, C – A – L – M, METHOD
C – Call 911.
A – Alert the building and fellow residents.
L – Listen for instructions.
M – Move quickly when instructed to evacuate.
FIRE AND SMOKE
ILLNESS OR INJURY
THREATS (Bomb Threats, Crime and Civil Disturbance)
Life safety meetings for residents may be scheduled up to twice per year. Additional information is available from the management office by request.
For the full emergency plan for residents, including much more detail for fires, evacuations and other emergencies and urgent situations, Click Here