Fire Drills in the College are always announced with printed notifications in the building. Should you hear alarms, follow the emergency procedures for your building.
Upon activation of alarms in any of the above buildings, evacuate the building by utilizing the closest stairwell possible. Once outside and away from the building, do not reenter the building until it has been declared clear for reentry (by Environmental Health and Safety personnel).
Odors should be investigated. Contact Environmental Health and Safety and give as much information about the condition as possible. Personnel will be dispatched to your location to assess the situation.
Fire extinguishers should only be utilized for fighting small type fires (such as waste paper baskets, etc.) and only if properly trained and confident in doing so. If a fire requires more than one extinguisher, it is too large to continue fighting.
This type of work is considered "hot work" and could set off the fire alarm system. For this reason a permit from Environmental Health and Safety is required before work begins.
General fire codes sound in the basement and sub-basement levels, which when sounded, represent a particular building by the number of beeps heard. Basement and sub-basement levels have code cards at the manual pull stations which identify the building in alarm.
Contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and we will have the items immediately removed.
No. Painting a sprinkler head will affect its discharge rating (or activation setting). Please report those questionable items to Environmental Health and Safety.
Contact Environmental Health and Safety who will coordinate the repair with Facilities. Any discrepancies to the fire protection or alarm systems should be reported immediately.
According to NFPA 13, there must be ample clearance (18 inches) so that sprinklers can be activated and function effectively in case of a fire.
If your fire extinguisher is not mounted, contact EHS to have it mounted in a proper location.
It isn't appropriate to use an elevator during a fire or similar building emergency. Elevators are designed to be recalled to a floor, usually the lobby, during alarm conditions. In unusual circumstances, an elevator malfunction might cause the elevator to travel to the fire floor, thus exposing the occupants to the fire. Also, smoke may enter the elevator shaft, which would migrate toward the roof, exposing any elevator occupants to that smoke.
The pre-hot work check must be conducted by the responsible person before hot work is authorized and at least once per day. The check reports must be kept at the work site during the work, made available for inspection, and submitted to EHS after the work is complete.
A designated area is a specific area approved for hot work. This is the area exposed to sparks, hot slag, radiant heat, or convective heat as a result of hot work. The designated hot work area is specified on the work authorization permit.
A hot work program authorization bearing the signature of the responsible person must be obtained for any project conducting hot work operations in WCMC space. Hot work operations are limited to the area and time specified in the hot work permit.
Yes, A Hot Work Scheduling Request Form must be completed by the WCMC staff member coordinating the hot work (i.e., E&M Supervisor, Project Manager). This form must be submitted 24 hours in advance and presented to obtain a Hot Work Authorization Permit. Off hours requests must submitted at least 1 week in advance to EHS.
To familiarize occupants with the sound of the alarm system, practice evacuation procedures, and monitor alarm systems for functions.
The duration of most fire drills is 5-15 minutes. Drill times can vary building to building, depending on many factors such as speed of evacuation, building size and resetting the fire alarm system.