Fire Prevention Tips
Fire Prevention is everyone's concern.
For fire safety information or inquires, contact the Fire Safety Officer at 343-8870
- Keep Fire Doors Closed - Fire doors are found between stairwells and corridors. They are installed to contain fire and smoke from spreading throughout the building. Keeping them closed will give you time to exit safely during a fire. Blocking them open places other occupants at risk.
- Know where Fire Extinguishers and Exits are Located - Check your immediate work area. Find out where the fire extinguishers are. Know where the fire alarm stations are located and how they work. Locate two exits from your area or floor. Find "landmarks" in the exit path, something that might aid in navigating during evacuation if the corridor is dark during an emergency.
- Do Not Use Extension Cords - Extension cords are made of wiring too small and inadequate for most electrical equipment found in the workplace. If you require an outlet in an area where there are none, have one installed by contacting the Physical Plant.
- Do Not Use Multiple Outlet Electrical Devices - Electrical circuitry is designed to carry a reasonable load, but operating several devices from one outlet can seriously overload the wiring causing it to overheat and start a fire. Use only one device per outlet. If electrical service is inadequate, call Physical Plant to correct the situation.
- Always keep Flame and Electrical Appliances away from Combustible Material and Flammable Liquids - Open flame and electrical equipment account for the majority of fires in the workplace. Never allow electrical equipment to be operated near easily ignitable material or flammable liquids such as toners and cleaners.
- Never Store quantities of Flammable Liquids - Keep flammable liquids in your work area to minimum. Always keep them tightly sealed and stored in cabinets away from any heat/ignition source. Even in a lab, you should only keep the absolute minimum necessary to accomplish the immediate task at hand. Never stockpile or allow flammable liquids to accumulate.
- Keep all Material at Least 18" Below Fire Sprinklers - Fire sprinklers will not operate properly or extinguish fires if they are blocked. Sprinklers require at least 18" of space to disperse the water properly.
- Check your Fire Extinguishers Often - Look at the gauges. Make sure they are fully charged and ready for use. If you do not know how to use them, or if you have never used a fire extinguisher, get trained in their operation. If fire extinguishers are not fully charged, or if the attached 'Green' tag indicates it has been more than a month since they were inspected, call the Fire Safety Officer at 343-8870
- Never Block Emergency Equipment - Never place anything in front of fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers, fire hoses or exit signage. During an emergency this equipment may be needed to alert occupants of an emergency or to help extinguish a fire. Keep access to this equipment free of obstructions at all times.
- Postings - Never post paper and other combustible materials in areas of egress. Egress meaning stairwells, hallways, doors, windows, etc. Posting should be on provided bulletin boards only. Any posting found in these areas will be taken down.