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A fire on campus not only interrupts our mission, but destroys valuable property and expensive equipment and can injure or kill people. Carelessness, forgetfulness and ignorance are factors in many fires. Smoke detectors warn you of a fire while time to escape still exists. Never tamper with smoke detectors or fire extinguishers; they may save your life.

Know about the fire safety features of the campus buildings, especially your own. In general, read the following sections:

Emergency Action Plan
Fire Prevention Plan
Hot Work Permits
Flammable Chemical Storage
Fire Extinguisher Use

 

Fire Prevention Plan

Rutgers University is required by the Pubic Employees Occupational Safety and Health Act (PEOSHA) to develop and implement a Fire Prevention Plan and an Emergency Action Plan meeting the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.38 (a) and (b). Copies of the plans are reproduced in this electronic format for your reference. All employees must adhere to and be familiar with the requirements of each plan.

Under the authority of the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety, The Rutgers University Department of Emergency Services' Fire Safety Division is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the provisions of New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, and is the authority having jurisdiction with respect to fire safety regulations, policies and procedures. The Fire Safety Division is staffed with State certified fire inspectors who regularly inspect all University premises to assure compliance with fire safety regulations, test fire protection systems and equipment, and conduct employee training programs to familiarize staff with fire hazards and procedures to be followed in an emergency. Furthermore, employees are apprised of the fire hazards of the materials and processes with which they work during state-mandated Right-to-know training.

Smoking

Effective July 1, 1994, by action of the Rutgers Board of Governors, smoking is prohibited in all University buildings and within University-owned motor vehicles, thus eliminating the health and fire hazard associated with the use of smoking materials.

Hot Work Permits

A permit system for control of welding and cutting is in place within the Facilities organization to control this potential fire hazard. All other hazards are regulated through the inspection procedures.

Check out Hot Work Permit Program

Fire Extinguishers and Automatic Systems

University buildings are equipped with fire extinguishers in accordance with the requirements of the construction and/or fire safety codes. Employees are not expected to utilize these devices nor are they trained in their use due to the danger of their personal safety, which would result from attempting to extinguish a fire. Many buildings are protected by automatic sprinkler systems and others are provided with fire standpipe systems. All major buildings are equipped with automatic fire detection and alarm systems, which are constantly, monitored at the respective University Police Department stations. Special hazards, such as chemical storage, high voltage electrical, cooking, spray painting and computer installations are protected by fixed suppression systems in addition to the aforementioned types of built-in protection. There are no fire hoses for building occupant use located in any University building; only fire hose connections for fire department use exist.

Fire Safety Inspections

The University's Fire Safety Division is staffed by a supervising Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Safety Specialists, a Fire Officer and a fire alarm system Specialist.

Fire safety inspections generate formal, written Notices of Violation, which are issued to the individual responsible for the correction of an observed fire hazard. Reinspections are established and are conducted. There is a process that is followed for granting extensions of time for hazard abatement, as well as handling uncorrected cited hazards.

All fire protection systems are inspected at the frequencies required by the Uniform Fire Code. These include automatic sprinkler systems, standpipe systems, fixed suppression systems, fire alarm systems, emergency power generators, fire pumps, fire extinguishers and fire hydrants.

The Fire Safety Division is empowered, by New Jersey Regulation, to order the abatement of cited fire hazards, to assess penalties for non-compliance, and to issue punitive closing notices and vacate buildings where uncorrected hazards exist.

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Flammable Chemical Storage

  • Keep flammables in original containers or safety cans specifically designed for that purpose at all times.
  • You must follow maximum allowable container size. Check out the NFPA CHART BELOW!
  • Minimize the amount of flammable chemicals used and stored in your work areas.

 

Maximum Allowable Size of Containers

Container Type
Flamable Liquids
Class IA
Class IB
Class IC
Combustible Liquids
Class II
Class III
Glass
1 pint
1 quart
1 gallon
1 gallon
5 gallons
Metal or approved Plastic
1 gallon
5 gallons
5 gallons
5 gallons
5 gallons
Safety Cans
2 gallons
5 gallons
5 gallons
5 gallons
5 gallons

Taken from NFPA 45

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Fire Extinguisher Use Guidelines [pdf]

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Contacts

For Overall Program Management, to obtain an Art Safety Manual, or for guidelines on how to store and/or dispose of hazardous waste call Rosemarie Kulp at 848-445-2550
Chief William Scott, University Fire Official, or call at 732-932-4800
 

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