Fire Safety

Throughout the year, Risk Management offers training and education programs in general fire safety and in the use of fire extinguishers.  Departments in need of fire safety training can call Risk Management at 656-3242.

In addition, each year, from May through October, Risk Management staff works with local fire department officials to complete inspections of buildings on UVM’s campus. They check that fire protections systems are in good working condition, with a goal of keeping all campus buildings in compliance with National Fire Protection Association standards (NFPA).

University policy requires all staff, students and visitors to evacuate a building whenever a fire alarm sounds.  All employees should be familiar with the sound of the alarm in their building.  If an employee has a disability that may hinder rapid departure from a building, they must report this to their supervisor and fellow workers so that necessary evacuation procedures can be devised.  Supervisors must inform all employees working with a disabled individual of any special procedures in place so that co-workers are prepared to assist him/her in the event of fire or any other emergency.

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. 

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. Supervisors should make sure that all employees become familiar with exits nearest their work area and the location of the fire pull alarm.

Building Safety


In the event of an emergency evacuation, all doors, stairways, corridors, and other means of  egress must be kept free of any kind of obstruction.  In addition, these areas may not be used for equipment and storage.


Only the Physical Plant Lock Shop can determine what type of locking device is acceptable on an exit.  Dead-bolts are not permissible at exits.  If there are any questions or concerns about  locking devices, contact Service Operations at 656-2560, or place an order online here.


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.