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 throughout the area. This requirement also helps to prevent sprinkler heads from being struck by objects and accidentally activated.
  • Extension cords: 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.
  • Obstructed exits and pathways: doorways and hallways should be kept free of any objects that obstruct all or part of exit pathways and exits.
  • Fire doors propped open: Fire doors must not be tied or propped open. Fire doors are in place to control the spread of fire, and if they are unable to close properly that could lead to excessive fire spread.
  • Unapproved appliances: All appliances that are used on campus must be approved by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL). A “UL” sticker or stamp is placed on any appliance approved by the UL.
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