Fire Safety

Fire Emergencies
In case of a fire emergency, contact Security (6911) at the appropriate location immediately!  Security will then contact the Fire Department or Fire Marshal's Office.  Employees are not required to fight fires and should evacuate the building immediately in the event of a fire.  Employees may use fire extinguishers to fight small fires only if they have been trained in the proper use of a fire extinguisher and are confident in their ability to cope with the hazards of a fire.  In such cases, fire fighting efforts must be terminated when it becomes obvious that there is danger or harm from smoke, heat, or flames. 

Reporting Fires and Emergencies
If a fire is discovered, activate the nearest fire alarm and contact Security immediately.  From any campus phone, dial 6911. If the fire alarm does not work, or the building is not equipped with one, dial 911 and notify all occupants verbally of the emergency and the need to evacuate.

Evacuation Procedures
Evacuate via the nearest stairwell or street/grade level exit.   Hazardous equipment or processes should be shut down before evacuating unless doing so presents a greater hazard.  Remember to close all doors as leaving, if conditions permit.  After you have left the building, go to the predesignated assembly point and remain there.  Remain at least 300 feet away from the building. At the assembly point, supervisors should account for personnel and report any that are unaccounted for to Security and the Fire Department.

During an emergency, students and visitors who may not be familiar with this plan must be informed of the requirement to evacuate. Special attention should also be given to persons with disabilities, especially those who are visitors or unfamiliar with the building.

Training is available throughout the year via LearnerWeb online; in-person training is coordinated with the Fire Department and/or Fire Marshal's Office. Each department is responsible for ensuring its employees are trained in Fire Safety and Fire Extinguisher Use.  Additional training is necessary when an employee's required actions under the Emergency Evacuation Plan change, or when there are changes to the plan. Additional training assistance is available from Environmental Health and Safety.

Fire Extinguishers
The use of fire extinguishers must conform to the following guidelines which are specified by the OSHA standard (29 CFR1910.157);

1.  Portable fire extinguishers suitable to the conditions and hazards involved shall be provided and maintained in an effective operating condition.

2.  Portable fire extinguishers shall be conspicuously located and mounted where they will be readily accessible.  Extinguishers shall not be obstructed or obscured from view.

3.  Portable fire extinguishers shall be given maintenance service at least once a year and a written record shall be maintained.  Facilities Services is responsible for obtaining annual maintenance for the extinguishers.

4.  Monthly inspections which entail visually inspecting for broken seals, damage, and low gauge pressure, depending on type of extinguisher, are performed by Facilities Services personnel. A tag affixed to the extinguisher is initialed by the inspector after each inspection.

5.  Employees designated to fight fires must receive training in the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with initial stage fire fighting.

Fire Prevention
1.    Proper housekeeping including the prompt removal of wastes and keeping the work space free of unnecessary combustible materials will help to prevent or reduce the severity of fires.  Keep trash, empty boxes, dirty rags, cleaning supplies, etc. out of exits, storage areas, and stairways. Immediately report any problems to Housekeeping.

2.    Limited quantities of flammable liquids may be stored in laboratories and shops.   Flammable liquid storage cabinets are required where large amounts are present.

3.    Any storage of combustible materials such as cardboard boxes, etc. should be kept to a minimum.

4.    Electrical wiring should be maintained in good condition.  Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis. Periodically check and have any damaged electrical cords replaced.  Do not overload wall outlets.  Turn off and/or unplug equipment that is not being used.  Always use three-pronged appliances.

5.    Immediately report any suspicious people to Security.

6.    Ensure that Security and emergency numbers are posted on every campus phone.