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
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. Therefore, 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.
Fire extinguisher training is available to all departments through
the Fire Marshal at the Risk Management Department. Contact him at 656-8249
to request it.
Fire extinguishers in campus buildings are inspected monthly and annually by UVM’s Physical Plant Department. If you notice that a fire extinguisher has been discharged, is missing or has been vandalized, call or place a work order online to Service Operations Support. SOS should also be contacted if a fire extinguisher does not have a current inspection tag.
Always call UVM Police Services for help with ANY FIRE at 656-3473. Only fires the size of a wastepaper basket should be fought with a fire extinguisher by those with training. Employees should never endanger their own safety by trying to put out a fire, even a small one.
Appendix C in the Risk Management Handbook lists the types and usage of fire extinguishers found on UVM’s campus and how to properly use a fire extinguisher.