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Fire alarms and evacuation checklist

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1. Alarm systems and Evacuation Plans

  • 1.1 Your facility is equipped with a manual fire alarm system.
  • 1.2 Your facility is equipped with an automatic fire alarm system activated by fire or smoke detectors.
  • 1.3 Manual fire alarms are provided in the natural path of escape for areas that serve 50 or more persons.
  • 1.4 The distance to any manual fire alarm is no more than 200 feet of unobstructed horizontal distance on the same floor.
  • 1.5 A smoke or heat detector is located in each room.
  • 1.6 The detector is paint free, unobscured, and unobstructed.
  • 1.7 Disabling, tampering, or interfering with fire detectors and the fire alarm system is prohibited.
  • 1.8 Fire drills are conducted at least once a month.
  • 1.9 Records are maintained on each fire drill including the (a) date of the drill, (b) time of the drill, (c) weather conditions, (d) number of occupants evacuated, and (e) total time for evacuation.
  • 1.10 All building occupants are evacuated in each fire drill.
  • 1.11 All alarm and fire-detection systems are maintained in operating condition except when undergoing repair or maintenance.
  • 1.12 The servicing, maintenance, and testing of fire-detection systems is (including cleaning and necessary sensitivity adjustments) performed only by people trained in the operation and function of the system.
  • 1.13 Fire detectors are cleaned of dirt, dust, or other particulates at regular periodic intervals.
  • 1.14 Fire-detection systems that are installed outdoors or in corrosive atmospheres are protected from corrosion.
  • 1.15 Fire-detection equipment is protected from mechanical or physical impact that might render it inoperable.
  • 1.16 An approved fire safety plan has been distributed to all building occupants.
  • 1.17 The approved fire safety plan does include (a) the location of the nearest exits and fire alarms, (b) the procedures to be followed when a smoke or fire alarm sounds, and (c) the procedures to be followed in the event of fire or smoke.
  • 1.18 The evacuation plan is conspicuously posted on every floor for the occupants’ use.
  • 1.19 The evacuation plan is maintained to reflect changes in the use and arrangement of the building.
  • 1.20 All teachers are trained in the duties they are to perform under the evacuation plan.
  • 1.21 The alarm can be perceived above ambient noise or light levels by everyone in the area.
  • 1.22 Alarms are distinctive and recognizable as a signal to evacuate the building or to perform actions designated under the emergency action plan.
  • 1.23 Manually operated actuation devices that are used in conjunction with alarm systems are unobstructed, conspicuous, and readily accessible.
  • 1.24 A written fire prevention plan is available that include emergency escape procedures, signals, and routes.
  • 1.25 A written fire prevention plan is available that include procedures for designated employees who must remain in the facility to shut down equipment before they evacuate.
  • 1.26 A written fire prevention plan is available that include procedures to account for all building occupants.
  • 1.27 A written fire prevention plan is available that include rescue and medical duties.
  • 1.28 A written fire prevention plan is available that include preferred mechanisms for building occupants to report emergencies.
  • 1.29 A written fire prevention plan is available that include names and job titles of people who can be contacted for more information regarding evacuation plans.
  • 1.30 A written fire prevention plan is available that include a list of major fire hazards and their proper handling and storage procedures.
  • 1.31 A written fire prevention plan is available that include potential ignition sources (such as welding and smoking) and their control procedures.
  • 1.32 A written fire prevention plan is available that include the type of fire protection equipment or systems that can control a fire.
  • 1.33 A written fire prevention plan is available that include the names and titles of personnel responsible for maintaining equipment and systems installed to prevent or control ignitions or fires.
  • 1.34 A written fire prevention plan is available that include the names and titles of personnel responsible for control of fuel-source hazards.
  • 1.35 A written fire prevention plan is available that include housekeeping procedures as they relate to preventing the accumulation of flammable and combustible waste materials.
  • 1.36 The written emergency and fire prevention plans are made available to building occupants for review.
  • 1.37 Training has been provided to designated employees to help with the safe and orderly emergency evacuation of all building occupants.
  • 1.38 The emergency and fire prevention plan has been reviewed with all new and current building occupants.