failure. This lighting is not designed to allow parachutes and similar materials cannot be
FIRE SAFETY IS A STATE OF MIND!! normal operations during a power failure but only suspended from the ceiling unless approved.
minimal lighting for up to 90 minutes to allow Artwork and teaching materials are limited to
Parents, teachers, administration, safe evacuation of the building. 20% of total wall area in corridors. Contact
everyone wants their schools to be safe as At least yearly, emergency light batteries your nearest State Fire Marshal's office prior to
possible for their children. However, unless they must be tested for 60 or 90 minutes, depending on decorating for events.
are in the Fire Safety business, people do not when the building was built.
know many of the ways to keep their facilities fire 7. Fire Drills: Public schools are
safe. 3. Illuminated Exit Signs: Most schools required by the Code of Virginia to “conduct
The Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office have illuminated exit signs at each required exit fire drills at least once each week during the
has developed these informational brochures so door. The lights in these fixtures must be first twenty days of school and at least once
our clients may learn some of the tips for fire operating at all times. If these fixtures have each month for the remainder of the school
safety. These tips are based on the most common battery back up they must be tested as required term.” Students should know and practice
Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code for emergency lighting above. their primary and alternate fire escape routes.
infractions we find in schools throughout the
Commonwealth. 4. Extension Cords: Extension cords are 8. Material Storage: Storage cannot be
for temporary use of a portable appliance only. closer than 24” to a ceiling or within 18” of the
Temporary use includes holiday lighting and horizontal plane of the sprinkler deflectors in
using an audiovisual device somewhere other sprinkled areas. Storage shall not be in a means
10 HOT FIRE SAFETY TIPS!!
than where it is normally kept. Extension cords of egress corridor, exit or exit stair. Boiler,
are never to be run through doors, windows, mechanical, and electrical equipment rooms
1. Exits & Exit Access: Exit doors, under rugs, carpeting or though ceilings or walls. are not to be used for storage
stairways and corridors are provided so that Homemade extension cords are not allowed in
people using the facility have ready access to exit schools. If the cord from an appliance does not 9. Fire Extinguishers: Fire extinguishers
the building in the event of an emergency. Most reach an outlet, a permanent outlet should be are to be located in readily accessible locations
often, but not always, these exit ways are marked added to supply that appliance. were they are immediately available for use.
with exit signs. Often, but not always, these Maintenance inspections are required annually
doors are operated by panic type hardware, so that 5. Multi-Plug Adapters: Multi-plug on fire extinguishers by trained inspectors.
a person merely has to push to open the door. adapters are designed to allow more than one cord Monthly visual inspections and proper
Panic hardware must work properly. to be plugged into a single outlet. Only approved documentation is required of every fire
Furniture, athletic equipment, or anything multi-plug adapters with over-current or extinguisher. Report any broken, missing or
that could keep people from getting to an exit in relocatable power taps directly connected to discharged fire extinguishers for repair or
normal lighting, darkness, or smoky conditions permanently installed outlets are allowed. If replacement.
must never obstruct exit access, even temporarily. additional outlets are needed, permanent outlets
Also exit doors must never be locked to prevent should be provided. This type of work should 10. Fire Rated doors: Rated, self-closing
exiting from the inside when the building is only be done by certified electricians. and latching fire doors in hallways, stairways,
occupied. This also includes after school hours if classrooms, and bathrooms must work
the building is occupied. 6. Decorations: Decorations, curtains and properly. These doors cannot be wedged open,
drapes must be either noncombustible or flame tied open, or made inoperable in any way.
2. Emergency Lighting: Many school resistant. Decorations cannot be excessive in the
facilities have emergency lighting that will classroom or corridor. Burlap, fish netting,
provide temporary lighting in the event of power
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR NEED
CONTACT THE REGIONAL STATE
FIRE MARSHAL’S NEAREST TO YOU.
CENTRAL/HQ REGION OFFICE
1005 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, Virginia 23059
Fax (804) 371-3367
FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE
NORTHERN REGION OFFICE
P.O. Box 1140
205 Caroline Street
Based on the
Orange, Virginia 22960
Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code
Fax (540) 672-1560
TIDEWATER REGION OFFICE
1300 Thomas Street – Room 214
Hampton, Virginia 23669
Fax (757) 727-4704
WESTERN REGION OFFICE
6746 Thirlane Road
Roanoke, Virginia 24019
Fax (540) 561-7544 Presented by
SOUTHWEST REGION OFFICE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
1165 East Lee Highway Virginia Department of Fire Programs
Chilhowie, Virginia 24319 State Fire Marshal’s Office
(276) 646-0266 1005 Technology Park Drive
Fax (276) 646-0269 Glen Allen, VA 23059-4500
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