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Campus Policy Number: 425-28

Fire Prevention and Life Safety

Policy Owner: Environmental Health & Safety
Effective Date: 1/15/94

     

  1. REFERENCES
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    1. Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Occupational Safety
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    3. Title 19, California Code of Regulations, Public Safety
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    5. Title 24, California Code of Regulations, Building Regulations
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    7. California Health and Safety Code
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    9. Uniform Fire Code, 1991 Edition
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    11. National Fire Codes of the National Fire Protection Association
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  3. POLICY AND BACKGROUND
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    The fire prevention and life safety program is intended to ensure responsible and consistent protection for persons and property in, on, and exposed to UCR administered properties in conformance with California statues, regulations and University policy. The program addresses emergency incident response, fire, panic, explosion, and disaster preparedness.

    Fire prevention utilizes adherence to established safety procedures and controls to limit the potential for emergencies. Fire protection incorporates features and procedures to limit the effects of fires and explosions. Fire safety is a primary responsibility of all faculty, staff, and students. When a fire does occur, each individual should be capable of effectively responding to a fire emergency.

    The campus fire marshal, as a functional member of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is responsible for the fire prevention and life safety program at UCR and serves as liaison to external fire agencies.

     

  5. PROCEDURES
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    Established fire safety standards and procedures shall be adopted by the University. EH&S shall prepare standards and procedures for review by affected departments, such as Architects and Engineers Office and Physical Plant.

       

    1. Construction
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      Building construction documents and plans shall specify that all construction procedures and materials used in any University structure comply with the above referenced codes and standards. All construction, alterations, renovations, and interior space dividers are subject to fire code review and inspection by EH&S. This includes approval of plans and specifications to verify compliance with applicable codes.

       

    3. Fire Investigation
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      EH&S and the Insurance/Business Agreements office shall be notified of all fires and explosions, including those discovered after extinguishment. Incident scenes shall not be disturbed until investigated and released by the campus Fire Marshal.

       

    5. Corridors and Exitways
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      1. Corridors and exitways are designed and constructed to provide safe passage for building occupants in both normal circulation and emergency exiting from the building.
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        In order to assure safe emergency exiting, the corridors, stairwells, and exit balconies must not be used as working spaces nor for the storage of equipment or materials. This includes bookcases, file cabinets, desks, chairs, boxes, chemical, gas cylinders, bicycles, equipment carts, or any other equipment. All fire doors are to be kept closed except when in immediate use.

         

      3. All exitways in all UCR facilities are included with the exception of areas specifically excluded by the campus Fire Marshal. Obstructed corridors present a hazard to free and expeditious egress by occupants and safe entry for fire fighters. Combustible or flammable items can also initiate or contribute to a fire which could eliminate use of the required means of escape.
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    7. Occupant Load
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      1. The number of persons that may occupy assembly areas (e.g. classrooms, auditoriums, gymnasiums, dining facilities, conference rooms, etc.) is posted for these spaces. The posted maximum number of occupants must not be exceeded at any time. Aisles must be kept clear.
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      3. In any space not posted, the occupant load is the maximum number of persons assigned to the space by the Institutional Planning and Analysis office and/or approved by EH&S.
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    9. Fire Drills
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      Fire drills shall be conducted when legally required and when deemed necessary by the Campus Fire Marshal. Personnel shall perform their duties as in an actual fire situation.

       

    11. Flammable and Combustible Materials
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      1. No accumulation of trash, debris, lumber or other combustible materials shall be allowed to collect in any area or building.
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      3. Management of brush and other combustible or flammable growth shall be conducted in a manner approved by the campus Fire Marshal.
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      5. Storage of flammable and combustible liquids in amounts over ten gallons shall be limited to areas and containers approved by EH&S. Where quantities in excess of ten gallons are intended, contact EH&S for fire code storage requirements.
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      7. All spaces shall be kept free of excessive combustible decorations or finishes. Holiday decorations are allowed under procedures listed in the Uniform Fire Code and as disseminated by EH&S.
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      9. All spaces shall be kept free of open flame devices (except for approved laboratory spaces) and electrical equipment which is hazardous or connected so as to cause an overload.
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    13. Fire Code Permits
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      All fire code permits (e.g. burn permits, hot work, fire protection shutdowns, public events, pyrotechnics, fumigations, etc.) shall be obtained through EH&S. EH&S will coordinate permit applications with local regulatory agencies and the Insurance and Business Agreement office.

       

    15. Emergency Instructions
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      1. Fire Response
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        1. Pull nearest fire alarm.
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        3. Report incident:
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          Campus Police Dispatcher: 9-911 (Campus phone)

          911 (Non-campus phone)

           

        5. If the fire is small and a clear exit is available, use a fire extinguisher. If the fire spreads, evacuate and close doors as you leave.
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        7. Upon hearing a fire alarm, evacuate the premises unless you have an assigned fire response duty.
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        9. When smoke is present, keep low or crawl to avoid smoke inhalation.
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        11. Gather in a group with other occupants outside the building until fire officials authorize reentry.
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      3. Earthquake Response (see UCR Policy and Procedure 425-85)
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        1. Crawl under a desk, door arch, or table during shaking.
        2. If inside a building, remain under cover until shaking stops. Evacuate after the earthquake subsides.
        3. Report any broken utilities to Campus Police or Physical Plant Services immediately.
        4. Remain outside of building until authorities authorize reentry.
        5. Assist injured persons in securing medical attention.
        6. Avoid using telephones except to report an emergency.

         

      5. Emergency Planning
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        Emergency incident and disaster plans shall be prepared in consultation with Campus Fire Marshal and EH&S. Plans and drills will be monitored by EH&S for effectiveness and conformance with current laws and regulations. Each department must develop an Emergency Action/Fire Prevention Plan for operations within their auspices.

     

  7. RESPONSIBILITY
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    1. It shall be the responsibility of the Architects and Engineers Office and Physical Plant with respect to the projects which they manage, to assure that buildings are constructed and/or remodeled incompliance with appropriate fire codes and according to these policies and procedures.
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    3. It shall be the responsibility of EH&S to review submitted plans for conformance to fire safety aspects of the above referenced codes and standards.
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    5. It shall be the responsibility of the Insurance and Business Agreement office to assure that all leased or rented properties are constructed and improved to comply with the appropriate fire codes applicable to UCR, prior to and during occupancy by the University.
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    7. It shall be the responsibility of all persons, administrative heads, department chairs and business managers to comply with these policies and procedures. Supervisors shall ensure that all individuals under their supervision are familiar with these procedures. It is the responsibility of all personnel to be familiar with these general fire protection policies.
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    9. Individuals in charge of areas with special fire protection problems shall contact EH&S for direction.
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