General Fire Safety
TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
1. In the event of a fire alarm, all occupants are required to leave the building. The UVM Fire Safety Policy applies to all faculty, staff, and students. It can be viewed at: http://www.uvm.edu/policies/riskmgm/firesafety.pdf.
2. UVM employees are not required to attempt to fight fires. Fire extinguishers are available in all UVM buildings for use by those employees who have been trained. For more information on fire extinguisher training, visit our fire extinguisher page.
3. Automatic sprinkler systems require 18" of clearance in order to be effective. Never block sprinkler heads, pile stored items too close, or hang anything from sprinkler heads or sprinkler pipes. For more information about automatic sprinkler systems, go to the Fire Safety Equipment page.
4. Extension cords and multi-plugs are not to be used in place of permanent wiring. Power strips with surge protectors and circuit interruption should be used for electronic equipment, but never "daisy-chained" together (power strip plugged into another power strip.) If you need more outlets, fill out an on line service request through FAMIS. For more information about your responsibilities regarding the use of electrical equipment and extension cords at UVM, go to the Electrical Safety and Control of Hazardous Energy page.
5. Space heaters are not permitted under UVM's Energy Guidelines. Special requests are evaluated by the Energy Management Engineer. More information here.
6. Fire doors prevent the spread of fire and smoke. Fire doors at stairwells and in corridors should be kept closed at all times unless held open by the door’s magnetic device. This device will release automatically when a fire alarm sounds. Fire doors should never be blocked open or otherwise tampered with.
7. Supervisors should make sure that all employees become familiar with exits nearest their work area and the location of the fire pull alarm.
8. Rooms and doorways must remain free of obstruction and debris; all items to be discarded should be disposed of properly and not stored in hallways. Bicycles should be parked in designated racks outside buildings. All such items can hinder a safe evacuation should a fire occur.
9. Only designated areas can be used for storage. Do not use machine, electrical, or transformer rooms for storage. These areas are prime places for fires and explosions.
10. Risk Management and Safety staff works with local fire department officials to complete inspections of buildings on UVM’s campus. They check that fire protection systems are in good working condition, check storage and look for impediments to egress with a goal of keeping all campus buildings in compliance with National Fire Protection Association standards (NFPA).
ALL FACULTY AND STAFF ARE ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP FOR UVM'S CATALERT PROGRAM TO RECEIVE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SIGN UP, CLICK HERE.
All work in or on buildings involving heat, sparks, or open flames requires a hot work permit, available through the UVM Physical Plant Department. Designated hot work areas are exempt from the perm
it requirement but are subject to monthly inspections. Click the Hot Work Permit for more information:
In 2010 the Department of Risk Management and Safety began implementation of the CATWatch program to assist UVM departments with emergency planning and training. CATWatch Coordinators in each building assist with emergency evacuations and may plan for other types of emergencies in the workplace. For more information on the CATWatch program, visit our CATWatch page.