Fire Extinguishers &
Emergency Wash Stations
School Fire Reporting Law
MGL c.148 s.2A
527 CMR 10.02 OSFM Advisory 6/1/2006, 8/1/2006
Says where, how many and what kind Requires schools to report all ﬁres
of ﬁre extinguishers and emergency to the local ﬁre department.
wash stations schools need.
Has testing and inspection requirements.
Requires ﬁre departments to report all
school ﬁres to the Mass. Fire Incident in Schools
Reporting System (MFIRS).
Labs are required to have emergency
wash systems (showers) or ﬁre
blankets and signage. No Smoking in Schools
Chemistry Labs Fire Protection Systems
527 CMR 14 527 CMR 1.06, 527 CMR 11(Kitchen)
Permits and special storage arrangements Requires schools to inspect, test and
may be required based on the type maintain ﬁre alarm, ﬁre sprinkler and
and quantity of chemicals stored. kitchen suppression systems.
Donʼt store chemicals alphabetically.
Think about the life cycle and Fire and Life Safety
hazardous waste disposal when Education
purchasing and storing chemicals.
MGL c.71 s.1
See 527 CMR 10 for emergency wash DOE Health Curriculum Frameworks
stations, ﬁre blankets and signage.
The Student Awareness of Fire Education
or S.A.F.E. Program has trained ﬁreﬁghter-
General Housekeeping educators to work with classroom teachers.
Store cleaning chemicals in a safe and Consider using ﬁre safety topics for
secure area (not next to heat sources.) practice MCAS essay questions.
Shut off the appliances in the Kevin M. Burke
teacher/staff lounge each day. School ﬁre prevention
Secretary of Public Safety
requires teamwork. Local
Teach kitchen ﬁre safety to cafeteria staff and ���
Stephen D. Coan
ﬁre depatments want to work
S E RV I C E S
include them in ﬁre drills. Kitchen ﬁres are State Fire Marshal
closely with local school ofﬁcials
one of the leading causes of ﬁres in schools.
P.O. Box 1025 - State Road
to create safe schools and to
Stow, Massachusetts 01775
help keep them that way.
DFS/OSFM Mar ʻ07
A school is one of the most important
resources a community has. A ﬁre Place of Assembly Theatrical Special Effects
destroys costly bricks and mortars (Theatres, Auditorium, 527 CMR 2.09
but also the heart of the community. Gym, Cafeteria) OSFM Advisory 8/1/2003 and 1/5/2007
This pamphlet is designed to 527 CMR 10.17 Need a permit from local ﬁre department
give a quick summary of the ﬁre to use special effects and pyrotechnics
Need a certiﬁcate of inspection
prevention regulations affecting (including ﬂash powder and ﬂash paper).
from the building ofﬁcial which
schools with directions on where to will set the occupancy limit. Must be conducted by licensed individual.
ﬁnd more detailed information.
New severe penalties for violating occupancy Failure to do so constitutes a violation of
Fire prevention laws can be found limits and blocked egress, passed in the MGL c148 s.34A with a $5,000 ﬁne and/or
in MGL Chapter 148 and most ﬁre aftermath of the ﬁre at The Station nightclub. 2 1/2 years in prison - passed in the
prevention regulations affecting aftermath of the ﬁre at The Station nightclub.
See School Wall Decoration
schools can be found in 527 Code of regulations for proms, dances, etc.
Massachusetts Regulations (CMR)
10. The Department of Fire Servicesʼ See regulations on drapery and curtains. School Wall Decorations
website has these and many helpful (Uses of Paper Materials)
Ofﬁce the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Upholstered Furniture, 527 CMR 10.09 (5)
Advisories - www.mass.gov/dfs and OSFM Advisory 10/21/2003, 11/1/2006
Molded Chairs and Re-
look for OSFM Advisories under News DFS has an entire webpage devoted to
& Events and under Fire Prevention.
Upholstered Furniture this topic: www.mass.gov/dfs click on Fire
527 CMR 29 Prevention then School Wall Regulations.
OSFM Advisory 12/20/2002 » FAQs
School Fire Drills
Requirements are different for sprinklered » Regulations Explained
527 CMR 10.09
OSFM Advisory 6/27/2001 and unsprinklered buildings. » Overview
Flammability testing Regulates how, where and how much paper
Fire Departments are required to conduct ﬁre
requirements for furniture. decorations may safely be displayed on walls
drills in schools four times a year including
in sprinklered and unsprinklered buildings.
one within three days of the start of school. Furniture should be resistant to ﬁre. It
can produce volumes of toxic smoke. When building new schools, consider
this regulation and include bulletin board
School Evacuation and design to safely display paper materials.
Multi-Hazard Plans Decorations, Curtains,
Draperies and Window
Section 363 of Chapter 159 Fire Lanes
of the Acts of 2000 Treatments
527 CMR 10.03
School superintendents are required to 527 CMR 21
meet with the local police and ﬁre chiefs to Regulations on designation, maintenance
Requires certiﬁcation that these products and preventing obstruction of ﬁre lanes.
develop a multi-hazard evacuation plan.
meet ﬂammability standards.
Keep clear at all times.