Emergency Communications and Detection Systems

Various alarm and detection systems are located throughout the building. They include smoke detectors and fire alarm pull stations that are monitored twenty-four hours a day. When a fire alarm sounds, it emits an intermittent “whoop” tone from the speakers, accompanied by a flashing of the “FIRE” strobe lights.

Fire Alarm Pull Stations
Fire alarm pull stations are located at the 3 exits on the first floor. The pull stations are connected to the lobby Fire Control Center, which is monitored by in house lobby staff and an off site central alarm station.

Fire Extinguishers
Portable fire extinguishers are inside fire extinguisher cabinets located in exit corridors.

Smoke Detectors
Smoke detector locations include elevator lobbies, some tenant spaces and some mechanical spaces. Activation of the smoke detector results in the following:

  1. Automatically returns all elevators to the first floor lobby (Elevator lobby detectors only).
  2. Stops the main air supply and triggers exhaust fans (mechanical room detectors only).
  3. Releases all elevator lobby doors from their magnetic holders.
  4. Sends signals to the lobby Fire Control Center.

Public Address System
Building YC1 (1990 N. California Blvd.) is equipped with a public address system which can broadcast to the entire building or to an individual floor. Initial emergency instructions will be given over the public address system.

Emergency Evacutation Floor Signs
Emergency evacuation floor signs are located next to stairwell entrances and in elevator vestibules.

Stairway Signs
These stairway signs contain green arrows and dotted lines indicating the fire escape route. There are “You are here” locations of fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers, combination standpipes, fire hoses and speakers/sirens. They also indicate the building office telephone number and reminders to avoid using elevators, to call 911, listen for instructions and have instructions for the disabled.