Okay, so a disgruntled customer comes into your bodega or place of business and after some heated words are exchanged, decides to throw a molotov cocktail at you. Sounds crazy or like a scene from an action movie right? Perhaps but this actually just happened in Brooklyn, NY.
Knowing what to do after getting beyond the initial shock and doing it quickly could be the difference in saving lives and protecting property. The first thing is of course to know where your fire exits are. Running out the door and possibly into the clutches of someone who just hurled a molotov cocktail at you should be your second choice. Having an alternative means of escape through a rear fire exit would be a better choice. Making sure the path to it is unobstructed is vital.
On the way out the door you want to do your best to manually activate your fire protection system in case it hasn’t activated on its own. You would need to know how to do this in the event that the ambient temperature surrounding the fire sprinkler system hasn’t yet reached its activation temperature for the individual sprinkler heads.
The number of sprinkler heads that discharge water will only be the ones in the vicinity of the fire which limits water damage. So knowing where your manual pull station is – is crucial and what to do if the cause arises, such as even from a molotov cocktail, the difference in possibly being dead or alive.
With respect to others in the building, yours and their property, Fire Sprinkler activation will do considerably less damage than a New York City Fire Department hose stream. So if it’s possible and you have practiced, don’t wait. Know how to manually activate your sprinkler system to save lives and limit damage until the Fire Department arrives.
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