The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) warns, a fire at The Station nightclub in Warwick, RI claimed the lives of 100 people in 2003. Since that tragedy, the NFPA “has enacted tough new code provisions for fire sprinklers and crowd management in nightclub-type venues.”
While nightclub owners and managers are responsible for adhering to such fire codes and creating a safe space for their patrons, the NFPA offers fire safety preparedness tips to empower nightclub patrons:
Before You Enter
- Take a Good Look. Does the building appear to be in a condition that makes you feel comfortable? Is the main entrance wide and does t open outward to allow easy exit? Is the outside area clear of materials stored against the building or blocking exits?
- Have a Communication Plan. Identify a relative or friend to contact in case of emergency and you are separated from family or friends.
- Plan a Meeting Place. Pick a meeting place outside to meet family or friends with whom you are attending the function. If there is an emergency, be sure to meet them there.
When You Enter
- Take a Good Look. Locate exits immediately. When you enter a building you should look for all available exits. Some exits may be in front and some in back of you. Be prepared to use your closest exit. You may not be able to use the main exit.
- Check for Clear Exit Paths. Make sure aisles are wide enough and not obstructed by chairs or furniture. Check to make sure your exit door is not blocked or chained. If there are not at least two exits or exit paths are blocked, report the violation to management and leave the building if it is not immediately addressed. Call the local fire marshal to register a complaint.
- Do You Feel Safe? Does the building appear to be overcrowded? Are there fire sources such as candles burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, pyrotechnics, or other heat sources that may make you feel unsafe? Are there safety systems in place such as alternative exits, sprinklers, and smoke alarms? Ask the management for clarification on your concerns. If you do not feel safe in the building, leave immediately.
During an Emergency
- React Immediately. If an alarm sounds, you see smoke or fire, or some other unusual disturbance, immediately exit the building in an orderly fashion.
- Get Out, Stay Out! Once you have escaped, sty out. Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. Let trained firefighters conduct rescue operations.
Read more at the NFPA.
Know Your Rights
By law, bar and nightclub owners are required to protect all guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the property owner or management company fail to provide adequate safety and security measures, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.
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