Campus buildings are equipped with safety features designed to provide early notification of a fire and safe egress travel out of the building. Features such as fire alarm systems, , fire sprinkler systems, emergency lighting and fire doors all play a role in protecting building occupants and allowing for their safe evacuation of the building. Other Life Safety Equipment such as fire extinguishers and generators may also be part of a buildings safety features, ensuring occupant safety. Each building has its own unique characteristics, so it is advised that campus personnel familiarize themselves with Departmental Emergency Response Plans and locations of safety features in their office building and all buildings they frequent.
Please note that code issues that pertain to the structural elements of a building are addressed by both Environmental Health and Safety and Facilities Planning. Compliance issues are usually created by changes in occupant use or changes in procedures that directly affect the building occupancy classification and/or the safety of others within the building. It is important for all occupants to understand the need to consult with Environmental Health and Safety and Facilities Planning before making changes in the use of spaces or adding any new operations.
Fire alarm systems provide a rapid means of notifying building occupants of a fire emergency. These systems must be kept in operating condition at all times. Tampering with or vandalism of these systems may result in serious injury or possibly loss of life during an actual fire emergency. Learn the locations of smoke detectors and be aware of activities that could set off a smoke detector (cooking, smoke, cigarette smoke, aerosols, steam etc.). Don’t hang things from them or cover them up as smoke detectors alert you while there’s still time to escape from a fire. Pull stations are also located in your exit paths; typically near an exit or stairwell door. Simply initiating the pull station will activate the building alarm system and alert the University Police Department.
A fire door serves as a barrier to limit the spread of fire and restrict the movement of smoke. Unless they are held open by the automatic systems, fire doors should remain closed at all times. Do not tamper with fire doors or block them with equipment, potted plants, wedges, furniture, etc.
Fire doors are normally located in stairwells, corridors, and other areas required by Fire Code. The door, door frame, locking mechanism, and closure are rated between 20 minutes and three hours. A fire door rating indicates how long the door assembly can withstand heat and a water hose stream.
Always keep fire doors closed. If it is necessary to keep a fire door open, have a special closure installed. This closure will connect the fire door to the building's fire alarm system, and will automatically close the door if the alarm system activates.
Know which doors are fire doors and keep them closed to protect building occupants and exit paths from fire and smoke. Never block a fire door with a non-approved closure device such as a door stop, block of wood, or potted plant. For fire doors with approved closure devices, make sure that nothing around the door can impede the closure.
Never alter a fire door or assembly in any way. Simple alterations such as changing a lock or installing a window can lessen the fire rating of the door.
Doors to offices, laboratories, and classrooms help act as smoke barriers regardless of their fire rating. Keep these doors closed whenever possible.
A closed door is the best way to protect your path to safety from the spread of smoke and fire.
It is essential that all employees be familiar with the proper use of portable fire extinguishers and know when and when not to use them. Remember that fire extinguishers are designed to fight only very small fires. Most average size extinguishers have enough water, dry chemical, or gas for about 15 seconds of firefighting. The rating and the type of extinguisher determines the type of fire it can extinguish. In most public areas on campus, the extinguishers provided are of the type suitable to fight Class A, B, and C fires. That is to say that they would be effective for fires involving any ordinary combustible material (Class A), flammable liquids (Class B) or energized equipment (Class C).
Campus personnel who are trained in extinguisher use might attempt to mitigate a situation in certain circumstances. If an individual would decide to attempt to put out any small fire, the following prerequisites should be met, before any fighting occur:
The university is committed to following fire safety practices, as articulated by both the state fire codes and other standard setting organizations. Fire and Life Safety systems are designed to provide staff and visitors safe, secure structures that meet mandated fire and building codes. In addition to state fire code requirements, the university has a number of policies that have been promulgated internally, which are applicable to all personnel on campus.
Fire Suppression systems are governed by the codes under the NFPA and are commonly used in buildings throughout the ISU campus. Suppression systems use a combination of dry chemicals and/or wet agents to suppress equipment fires. Suppression systems have become a necessity as they protect life and help control damage and loss to equipment. Common means of suppression are through fire sprinkler systems (wet, dry, pre-action, and deluge), gaseous agents, Wet and dry chemical, and water.
Most campus buildings are equipped with safety features such as fire detection and suppression. These are designed to provide early detection of fire and provide a means of automatically suppressing it, thus limiting the spread of fire it. Features such as fire alarms, fire doors, fire exits, and Depending upon the building, other life safety equipment, such as sprinkler systems, back-fire extinguishers provide sufficient resources in order to evacuate a building safely, protecting the campus community from harm during a fire emergency.up generators and emergency lighting may also be utilized in the case of an emergency. Each building is unique, so it is good to familiarize yourself with the procedures and locations of these devices in all the buildings you frequent. Please note that code issues that pertain to the structural elements of a building are addressed by both Environmental Health and Safety and Facilities Planning. Compliance issues are usually created by changes in occupant methods or a change in procedures that directly affect the building occupancy classification, or the safety of others within the building. It is important for all occupants to understand the need to consult with Environmental Health and Safety and Facilities Planning before making changes in the use of spaces or adding any new operations.
Current Fire Systems