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XVI Fire Protection

  • Introduction.
  • Reporting Fires.
  • Fire Alarms Systems.
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers.
  • Location of Fire Extinguishers.
  • Fire Extinguishing Equipment Installation.
  • Training
  • Fire Drills.
  • Fire Protection Inquiries.
Introduction

The North Carolina Department of Labor has incorporated by reference NFPA code 101-1970 Code for Life Safety From Fire in Building and Structures. The National Fire Codes is published by the National Fire Protection Association, 470 Atlantic Avenue, and Boston Massachusetts, 02210. 
The law specifies, "each employer shall comply with Environmental Safety and Health Standards and rules and regulations and orders, issued pursuant to this Act which are applicable to his/her own actions and conduct".  The University will comply with all applicable federal, state and local codes and regulations.

Reporting Fires

Upon discovering a fire, report it immediately to the campus police 486-1295, they will report the fire to the local fire department.

Fire Alarms Systems

Automatic alarms systems installed in buildings are designed to function when the fire alarm pull station handle has been pulled, this transmits an electrical signal, and at the same time sound audible/visual alarm throughout the affected building. Following activation of an alarm, the resetting of the system and verification of its "on " or "off", "ready" position will be accomplished by either the Safety Director or university fire alarm contractors. No other persons are authorized to adjust, reset, or otherwise manipulate automatic fire alarm systems.

Portable Fire Extinguishers

The purchase of all fire extinguishers in laboratories, classrooms or self-supporting units will be the responsibility of that particular unit.  The Safety Office will provide the following services relating to the fire extinguishers:

  1. Recommend the type, capacity, number, and location of portable fire extinguishers as necessary to comply with statuary rules and regulations in this regard.
  2. Foster a program of periodic maintenance, inspection, and testing of fire extinguishers.

The expense of contract servicing of portable fire extinguishers in academic buildings will be borne by the Physical Plant.  Charges for contractual services will be billed to the various auxiliaries.  Invoices for these charges will be verified by Business and Finance. 

Upon the discovery of a discharged fire extinguisher and/or the use of an extinguisher it should be reported/taken immediately to the safety office or call the Safety Office at 1827.

Location of Fire Extinguishers

Portable fire extinguishers will be conspicuously located and mounted where they are readily accessible.  Extinguishers will not be obstructed or obscured from view.

Fire Extinguishing Equipment Installation

The maintenance of automatic sprinkler systems, hose and other fixed fire extinguishing systems installation is the responsibility of the Physical Plant.  Facilities used for cooking will comply with UL 300 test criteria. (Using wet extinguishing agents with 20-minute relish protection).

Training

Upon request, the safety office will arrange for and conduct training session on the proper use of portable extinguishers and general fire safety.

Fire Drills

Fire drills will be conducted (at a minimum) once per semester for all Administrative and Academic building, and bi-monthly for all Residence Halls.

Fire Protection Inquiries

Any questions or problem concerning the fire protection equipment on campus will be directed to the Safety Office at extension 1827.

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