Fire Safety

Updated February 04, 2015

Fire Prevention Guidelines

The following are important aspects of effective fire prevention in all areas of the campus.

  • Prevent the accumulation of combustible materials (paper, cardboard, plastic) in the work area. Store excess materials in a metal cabinet or storage closet. Recycle or discard unnecessary combustibles to prevent the rapid spread of fire.
  • Store materials on high shelves at least 18 inches below the automatic sprinkler heads. This allows distribution of the sprinkler water to put out a fire.
  • Maintain clear access to the fire extinguishers, fire alarm pull stations, sprinkler system controls and all other emergency equipment. Do not store items and equipment in front of these.
  • Keep corridors, aisles and second exits clear to facilitate evacuation. Do not block evacuation routes with equipment materials, especially items that can burn easily.
  • Keep exit stairway doors closed and do not store materials anywhere in stairways. This prevents smoke from entering the stairway, facilitates evacuation and prevents fires from starting inside the stairway.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets and extension cords or multi-outlet strips.
  • Maintain your own fire safety attitude and try to instill it in others. Don't permit others to compromise your safety.
  • Batteries - tape the terminals of 9V and lithium batteries to ensure a fire doesn't start. Even when no longer useful these battery types still maintain a charge and can easily start a fire upon contact with other batteries or metal objects such as aluminum foil, paper clips, coins, and keys.