What can I do about a nuisance business?
You can try forcing the bubbles out by rubbing them with a credit card or a rubber rib. After you've placed the adhesive sheet down, use the edge of the credit card start in the middle. Rub across the surface working your way to the edges of the book. That should chase the bubbles out.
It depends on the size, age, layout of the building. If you're in any modern building, you should have plenty of time. Smell for smoke, feel the door handle for heat, check the hallway for fire. If all that is clear, then put some clothes on that are appropriate for the outdoor weather, grab your wallet and keys, and head out the door. If the building is over 50 years old, I might be a little more cautious in getting out in time, but even then you probably have more than enough time to put on a minimum of clothes to protect from the elements outdoors. Additionally, if there is a panic amongst other inhabitants, you'll be glad you had shoes on. But that does remind me of a time in college when the fire alarm was broken and went off several times at all hours in the span of two weeks. Eventually, guys started deliberately shedding their clothes, stepping in the shower to get wet (the excuse not to get arrested) and then going outside naked in protest. The school got the hint.