Do I have to participate in fire drills and how often do they happen?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:05 am

All persons who are in a building when a fire alarm sounds must exit the building or go to the nearest Area of Assistance. Fire drills are conducted in accordance with the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code. The frequency of fire drills depends on the occupancy use of the building. See the following table for […]

What does the Environmental Health and Safety Office – Fire Safety do to mitigate the threat of fire?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:04 am

Building Inspections: All university owned buildings and some leased spaces (depending upon the lease agreement) are inspected at least annually by a certified fire safety inspector. Any violations that are noted are shared with the appropriate party and are revisited after the building occupant or university has had an opportunity to correct any deficiencies. Additional inspections […]

Are buildings safe to be in while fire alarm or fire suppression systems are being tested, inspected, or serviced?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:03 am, Last Updated: September 10, 2020 at 2:32 pm

Fire suppression and alarm systems are routinely tested and maintained in order to ensure that they are in working order. For some testing and repairs to be performed the system must be taken out of service. While fire detection and suppression systems are impaired, a fire watch must be posted in order to maintain a […]

What are the most common fire safety deficiencies found on campus?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:03 am

Most common fire safety deficiencies are easily remedied. Please consider these issues when working on campus. Obstructed sprinkler heads: items must be kept at least 18 inches away from all sprinkler heads. Storage must be at least 18 inches away from the ceiling. This ensures that the sprinkler head has sufficient clearance to properly spray water […]

What do I do if I see a fire or hear a fire alarm?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:02 am, Last Updated: September 10, 2020 at 2:45 pm

If you discover a fire: Activate the fire alarm by using a manual pull station. If you are trained to use a portable fire extinguisher and are confident you can extinguish the fire, do so. Make sure that individuals around you are aware of the evacuation. Assist persons who are in need of direction or […]

What should I do if I have a fire safety concern?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:46 am, Last Updated: April 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm

If you feel that there is an immediate threat of fire call the University Police at 703.993.2810 and provide specific details about the threat. If you see something that is not an immediate threat, but is a concern, call or email the Environmental Health and Safety Office at 703.993.8448 or and provide specific information about your concern.

Are there requirements for how hot work (welding, cutting, or brazing) is performed in university-owned or occupied buildings?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:45 am, Last Updated: September 10, 2020 at 2:46 pm

All hot work that is done on campus should be done in a safe manner and in compliance with all OSHA and Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code regulations. For further information about hot work, please see the Hot Work Safety Guide or contact EHS.