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Night club safety tips

February 24, 2003

Valdosta - Every weekend, J.P.'s night club in Valdosta is packed with energetic clubbers. But would you know what to do in an emergency situation?

Fire inspector John Williams says a few safety measures from club owners and guests can help keep everyone safe. "One of the major things we look for is security lights at all exits," said Williams. "They should be well lit and so everyone will know how to get out in case of a fire."

Inspectors also recommend having several exit plans. "Everyone knows how they came in, so they think that's the only way to get out but you should always have an alternate route," said Fire Chief J.D. Rice.

Inspectors also require that nightclubs have several clearly visible fire extinguishers. "It's vital that these fire extinguishers be out where everyone can see and grab them at any time," said Williams. "They should also be up to date."

And all passageways should be kept clear. "A lot of times, club managers will have trash cans or chairs in the hallways, but nothing should be in the way and guests should also try to keep them open," said Williams.

Fire inspectors say the best thing to do if you are in an emergency situation is stay calm, look for emergency exit lights, and get out of the building as fast as possible.

posted at 3:50 by ashley.harper@walb.com