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UWG BUILDING EVACUATION ASSEMBLY POINTS

Fire Safety

Background:

Loss of life and property from fire is preventable.  Architectural designs such as fire-resistant construction and sprinkler systems can reduce these losses to almost zero; however, the building’s contents offset some of this protection.  Also, only a few buildings have the benefit of total sprinkler system protection.  It is therefore incumbent upon the occupants to take effective, proactive measures to reduce the risk of fire.

 

Fire Safety Responsibilities:

Faculty and staff shall conduct the following inspections of all areas for which they are responsible.  Deans and directors are encouraged to ensure all of their areas are covered and should make direct assignments to their employees to provide total coverage.  Additionally, emergency evacuation and escape routes must be evaluated and tested.

 

Fire Safety Inspection Items:

All areas of buildings, including basements, storage rooms, mechanical/electrical rooms, attics, closets and all regularly occupied areas must be inspected.

 

Evacuation:

It is important that personnel know what to do incase of a fire.  While it would seem obvious that one would simply leave the burning building, there are still many individuals who would delay their departure to do some last-minute task.  Few people understand or appreciate how quickly a fire can grow and become out of control.  In as little as two minutes, a fire can become an inferno.  Flashover greatly expands the area that is burning and the smoke may make escape impossible.

 

Conclusion:

Fire safety is a year-round responsibility.  It is also everyone’s responsibility.  Eliminating the accumulation of combustibles and observing proper electrical safety throughout the year can greatly enhance our fire safety posture.  Finally, ensuring everyone knows how to do his or her part, rounds out the program to ensure its maximum effectiveness.  Risk Management/Environmental Health and Safety is prepared to provide you the support necessary to achieve this goal.