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Fire Barriers and Smoke Partitions

Fire Barriers and Smoke Partitions


Used in construction for many purposes, including separating occupancies, isolating hazardous areas, enclosing an exit or creating a shaft, fire barriers have a fire-resistance rating in hours, specified by the code. Depending on the purpose, the fire resistance can be as little as half an hour, or it can be one hour, two hours, and, in some cases even three hours.

Space Heater Guidelines

UVM is committed to providing safe facilities for working and learning while managing the environmental and economic costs for those facilities. UVM heats workspaces to at least 68°F during periods when they are occupied.

Due to the risk of fire and the adverse costs and effects of increased energy use, portable space heaters are strongly discouraged in UVM buildings. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, space heaters are associated with 21,800 fires and 300 deaths annually. 

Responding to Emergencies

Emergency Response at UVM
In Case of a Fire or Immediate Threat of a Fire

1. Pull the building fire alarm.

Suspicious Persons or Objects

In Case Of Suspicious Persons:

  • Do not physically confront the person
  • Do not let anyone into a locked building/office
  • Do not block the person's access to an exit
  • Call 911 and provide as much information as possible about the person and their direction of travel


In Case Of Suspicious Objects:

  • Do not handle a letter or package that you suspect is contaminated or suspicious
  • Do not shake it, bump it, or sniff it
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
  • Notify proper authorities immediat

Violence in the Workplace

Workplace violence often begins with inappropriate behavior or signs that, when detected and reported, may help prevent its occurrence. The following information may be helpful in detecting or anticipating workplace violence and help to create a safer, healthier workplace for everyone.


Bomb Threat

1. If you observe a suspicious object or potential bomb on campus, Do Not Handle The Object!

Clear the area and immediately call local Police Services.

2. Any person receiving a bomb threat by phone should ask the caller:

  • a. Exact location of the bomb (building, floor, room, etc.)
  • b. Time bomb is set to go off
  • c. Kind of bomb, timing device, etc.


3. Keep talking to the caller as long as possible and record the following:

Active Shooter

Reporting an Active Shooter

  • Remain calm and answer the dispatcher's questions. The dispatcher is trained to obtain the necessary information for an appropriate emergency response.
  • If it is safe to do so, stop and take time to get a good description of the shooter. Note their height, weight, sex, race, approximate age, clothing, method and direction of travel, and his/her name, if known. If the suspect is entering a vehicle, note the license plate number, make and model, color, and outstanding characteristics.

Civil Disturbances

Most civil demonstrations are peaceful and people not involved should attempt to carry on business as usual. Avoid provoking or obstructing demonstrators. If a disturbance seems to threaten the occupants of the building, report it immediately to the (local authority) and take the following actions:

Hazardous Materials Release for CATWatch

In Case of Major Chemical, Biological, or Radiation Spill or Release:

If the spill is an emergency (i.e. it presents an immediate threat of fire, or creates health symptoms).

Elevator Emergency

If you are trapped in an elevator, use the emergency phone to notify Police Services. If the phone is inoperable, turn on the emergency alarm which will signal for help.

Call UVM Police Services at 656-3473 (656-FIRE) or 9-1-1

Do not attempt to exit a stalled elevator unless directed to do so by proper authorities

If a person is stranded in an elevator, Do not attempt to force open elevator doors. Be patient.

1.   Notify Facilities. If after 5:00 PM or on a weekend or holiday, contact Police Services

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