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Fire Prevention

Prevention and Control

In fire prevention and control, several principles are applied: the quantity of flammable materials is kept to a minimum, fire resistive and fire retardant materials are used, good housekeeping is consistently maintained, and adequate firefighting equipment is easily and quickly accessible. Ignition sources must also be eliminated,however, this is not always easily achieved since one-third of all fires have electrical sources as their cause. Electrical ignition sources can be decreased by proper maintenance, appropriate use of equipment and reporting electrical defects immediately.

Hot Work Permit

A “Hot Work” permit is required whenever there is a need for ensuring fire safety in the performance of hot-work operations; including but not limited to, welding, cutting, brazing, or soldering during demolition, construction, renovation, or maintenance activities within University buildings.

Reporting Hazards

A major part of the University's fire safety policy involves the reporting of fire hazards and all unsafe conditions: blocked aisles, locked fire doors, inoperable or missing fire protection equipment, etc. Reporting potential hazards protects yourself as well as fellow co-workers, students, and visitors to the campus.

Once a fire hazard has been discovered, prompt communication to the appropriate party is essential and may include any or all of the following, depending on the location, nature and seriousness of the hazard:

  • Any person(s) in the immediate area of the hazard who are endangered
  • Public Safety Communications Dispatch Center, 215.895.2822
  • Supervisor
  • Fire and Life Safety, 215.895.5908
  • University Facilities and Real Estate, 215.895.1700

Building Inspections

As part of a proactive approach to fire safety, all campus buildings are inspected for fire code compliance on a monthly basis. Inspections ensure that all exits are free and clear, exit lights are illuminated, there is no improper storage, and that fire extinguishers are properly mounted and charged and within the current year’s certification.