Night Club Safety
Possibly one of the most dangerous places within Boardman is night clubs. Night clubs present multiple problems for people that go into them to have some fun. Night clubs are often jam- packed with people, loud music, lights on the dance floor — and the atmosphere is not one of familiarity to the people in them. All of these reasons combined create a potentially dangerous and deadly combination. These tips courtesy of the NFPA will help you increase the chances of not getting injured during an emergency at a night club.
Should 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 it open outwards to allow easy exit? Is the outside area clear of materials stored against the building or blocking exits?
Before you enter
- Have a communication plan
Identify a relative or friend beforehand to contact in case of emergency and you become 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
- Locate exits immediately
When you enter a building look for all available exits. Are the exits clearly marked and well-lit? Some exits may be in front and some in back of you. Always be prepared to use the exit closest to you. (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 clearly marked exits or exit paths are blocked, report the violation to management and leave the building if it is not immediately addressed. Call the Boardman Fire department 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 other unusual disturbances immediately exit the building in an orderly fashion. Use your closest exit — keep in mind that it may not be the main exit.
- Get out, stay out!
Once you have escaped, stay out. Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. Let trained firefighters conduct rescue operations.