Where are fire extinguishers located?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:15 am

One or more fire extinguishers are located on each floor of a building. The specific locations of the fire extinguishers are denoted on Evacuation Plans posted throughout university buildings. Fire extinguishers may be found in wall mounted cabinets (recessed or protruding) or hanging on a wall mounted bracket.

Who maintains the fire extinguishers on campus?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:14 am

Fire extinguishers are certified annually and maintained by the Fire Safety group within the Environmental Health and Safety Office. If you have specific concerns about a particular fire extinguisher or if you believe that one needs maintenance please call EHS at 703.993.8448 and provide EHS with the location of the extinguisher and your concern.

Where can I get training on how to use a fire extinguisher?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:13 am, Last Updated: April 24, 2020 at 10:38 am

Fire Extinguisher Training is provided by the Fire Safety group within the Environmental Health and Safety Office. Training is offered routinely and takes about one hour. Training consists of a one-half-hour classroom training and one-half-hour hands-on practice with a fire extinguisher simulator. Please click here for a complete list of training sessions offered by EHS-Fire Safety.

May I use an extension cord?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:12 am

Extension cords are only permitted to be used for temporary, portable appliances. They may not be utilized as a substitute for permanent wiring. Cords cannot be fastened or hung in a way that can damage the outer jacket or insulation. UL approved fused power strips can be used to extend power to permanent devices or […]

May I use a multi-plug adaptor?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:12 am

Multi-plug adaptors can be used if they contain the following: A power switch; A fuse; Are UL listed and have the appropriate markings; and Are not used in conjunction with any other multi-plug device(s).

What is considered an approved power strip?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:11 am

Fused power strips are the only approved device that may be used to increase the number of outlets available from a single outlet. All power strips must be UL listed and in good working order. They must possess a power switch, and be equipped with a fuse.

May I use more than one power strip?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:10 am

Multiple power strips can be used provided that they are all plugged directly into the wall outlet and not plugged into an extension cord or into another power strip.

What needs to be plugged directly into the wall?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:09 am, Last Updated: April 17, 2020 at 3:17 pm

Some devices draw significant amounts of current, and should be plugged directly into the wall. Contact Environmental Health and Safety Office- Fire Safety if you have specific questions about how to power your devices/appliances. The Electrical Safety Guide can also provide information about the safe powering of devices. The following devices should always be plugged directly into […]

What is required if I want to erect a tent for an event on campus?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:08 am, Last Updated: September 10, 2020 at 2:43 pm

Tents, depending on their size, must undergo a permitting and inspection process. Specific requirements for tents can be found in the Temporary Structure Permit Guide. All permit applications (if required) must be submitted in a timely manner as described in the Temporary Structure Permit Guide.  All tents must abide by the following minimum requirements: Be placed […]

Are there any restrictions on erecting a stage on campus?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:08 am, Last Updated: September 10, 2020 at 2:44 pm

Stages that are owned or rented and erected on campus must have a permit. Specific requirements and the permit application can be found in the Temporary Structure Permit Guide.