Washington State University
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL
WSU Fire and Safety Compliance
Fire Survival Planning
Each University unit is responsible for preparing a fire survival
ELEMENTS OF FIRE SURVIVAL PLAN
- The fire survival plan is incorporated in the unit's accident prevention
program. See also Chapter 2.
- A copy of the plan is posted on the Safety Bulletin Board.
- Unit supervisors review the fire survival plan with new employees
as part of the safety orientation. See 2.16.
- Unit supervisors periodically review the fire safety plan with all
The fire survival plan includes the following:
- The locations of at least two emergency exits from each work station.
- The locations of fire alarms, extinguishers, and other available emergency
- Locations of landmarks which could aid leaving an area when visibility
is reduced by smoke.
- A specific place where work groups meet for a head count after leaving
their work stations.
- Specific duty assignments, for example, which employee is responsible
for closing the door or service window and which employee is responsible
for locking the cash box or safe.
GENERAL FIRE PREVENTION GUIDELINES
Do not prop open or hold open designated fire doors.
NOTE: Electrical fire alarm/detection systems often include devices which
hold fire doors open. When such a system is activated, the doors automatically
close. Do not obstruct such doors in any manner.
Do not lock or otherwise close a fire door or exit door to prevent or impede
Remove all obstruction from emergency exits and corridors. See 8.24.
Report blocked or locked fire exits to the unit administrator, the safety
committee representative, and the WSU Fire Marshal and Safety Compliance Officer, using a Hazard Notification
form. See 2.52.
Do not obstruct fire alarm boxes, fire hoses, fire standpipes,
fire extinguishers, fire sprinkler heads, fire/smoke detectors, or any other
fire protection equipment.
Open Flames or Electrical Appliances
NOTE: Each sprinkler head must have a minimum of 18 inches of clearance
in all directions.
Do not allow open flames or electrical appliances to be near
common combustible materials.
Observe good housekeeping practices. Do not allow concentrations
of combustibles to collect or pile up. Regularly empty wastebaskets.