All state owned buildings (including schools, buildings
and grounds) fall under the jurisdiction of the OFFICE OF
THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL, and are all subject to the
laws, codes, regulations and inspections set forth
by the state and federal government.
Fire marshals inspect schools, buildings and structures
for fire and safety violations, using the Uniform Building code,
Uniform Fire code, State laws and regulations and other codes
mandated and adopted by the State of Utah and United States Federal
Acts such as arson, vandalism, tampering or altering
fire alarm devices or equipment, fire extinguishers, or any other
life safety item is in direct violation of these laws and codes.
Included are such things as playing with matches or lighters,
removal or defacement of life safety devices, false alarms, and
bomb threats are a few common violations. These violations whether
they are misdemeanors or felonies, SHALL
NOT be dealt with IN-HOUSE by staff or administration.
When such crimes are committed, the police will be contacted
and those involved will be turned over to that department. Failure
to follow these rules could result in being charged with obstruction
of justice and or being charged as an accomplice to the crime.
CLASSROOM DOORS (OPENING/CLOSING)
DEAD END CORRIDORS
FLAMMABLE LIQUID STORAGE
OPEN FLAMES IN BUILDINGS
STORAGE IN BUILDINGS
Uniform Fire Code: 1103
A. Drapes, hanging curtains, drops and other decorative material,
including Christmas trees, that would tend to increase the fire
and panic hazard, shall be made from material which is non flammable,
or shall be treated and maintained in a flame-retardant condition
by means of a flame- retardant solution or a process approved
by the Authority having Jurisdiction. Exit doors, exit lights,
fire alarm panels, pull stations, smoke detectors, heat detectors,
fire sprinkler system and components, fire extinguishers and
equipment. Nor shall their locations be concealed or obstructed
in any manner..
B. Maintenance of flame- retardant treatments.
Treatments used to accomplish flame retardation shall be renewed
as often as necessary to maintain the flame-retardation effect
according to manufactures specifications.
C. Flammable material coverage. No more than 25%
of any wall in a classroom shall be covered with a flammable
material. In a corridor there may be only a 4 foot by 8 foot
section of a corridor wall covered, with a 50 foot separation
of wall space between each section.
D. Hanging decorations. Nothing shall be hung
from any ceiling that made of a flammable material whether that
decoration is to be permanent or temporary (such as for a dance).
Uniform Building Code: 1004.3.4.3.2.1
Corridors doors are fire rated and shall not be altered
or modified without being done by a factory or factory authorized
company. This includes cutting in windows, vents, louvers or
any other device that may alter the integrity of a door.
Doors may be held open by approved means only.
1. Friction hold open door closers are approved
on classroom doors only.
Exception: Classrooms with flammable gas, flammable liquids,
such as shops, science rooms, chemistry rooms or similar classrooms
that may contain a hazardous environment.
2. Wedges. Wedges or other similar devices used
to hold a door open are not approved and shall not be used.
Doors shall not be propped open with any device (including, but
not limited to wastebaskets, chalkboard erasers, student desks, chairs).
All open classroom doors must be held open ONLY by friction devices installed
on the doors.
Uniform Fire Code: 1203
A. Obstructions, including storage, shall not be
placed within the required width of an exit (corridor),
except projections permitted by the building code. Exits shall
not be obstructed in any manner and shall remain free of any
material or obstruction, where its presence would hinder or render
the exit hazardous.
B. Aisles. Aisles leading to required exits shall
be provided from all portions of the building. The width and
spacing of aisles shall be maintained as required by the Building
and Fire code.
C. Use of Exit Ways. Interior and exterior stairways,
smoke proof enclosures, hallways, corridors, vestibules, balconies
and bridges leading to a stairway or exit shall not be used
in any way that will obstruct their use as an exit
or that will present a hazardous condition during egress. This
also includes holding CLASSES within a corridor or hallway.
Uniform Fire Code: 902
Storage in buildings.
Storage of combustible materials in buildings shall be orderly
and maintained not less than 2 feet from the ceiling
and not less than 18 inches below sprinkler head deflectors.
Cabinets may extend to the ceiling with DOORS covering the top
of the cabinets to at least 24 inches below the ceiling.
Combustible material shall not be stored in exits or exit enclosures.
Combustible material shall not be stored in BOILER rooms, MECHANICAL
rooms or ELECTRICAL rooms.
Attic, under-floor, and concealed
Attic, under-floor, and concealed spaces used for storage of
combustible material shall be protected on the storage side as
required for one-hour fire-resistive construction. Openings
shall be protected by assemblies that are self-closing and
are of noncombustible construction or solid wood core not
less than 1-3/4 inch in thickness. Storage shall not be placed
on exposed joists.
Fueled equipment, including but not limited to motorcycles, mopeds,
lawn-care equipment and portable cooking equipment, shall not
be stored, operated or repaired within a building.
1. Building or room constructed for such use in accordance
with the Building Code.
2. When permitted by the other provisions of this code. The Authority
having Jurisdiction is authorized to require removal of such
equipment from any location when the presence of such equipment
is determined to be hazardous.
Uniform Fire Code: 1213
The code requires an un-obstructed path
of egress to a street or public way.
Grand County School District has adopted the States enforcement that,
NO VEHICLE SHALL BE PARKED WITHIN 20 FEET OF AN EXTERIOR DOOR.
Uniform Fire Code: 1207.3
Locking devices. Exit doors shall be openable from
the inside without the use of a key or any special knowledge
or effort. Exit doors shall NOT be locked, chained, bolted,
barred, latched or otherwise rendered unusable. All locking
devices shall be of an approved type.
It is illegal to render an exit door unusable.
Uniform Building Code:1006.2.2
Uniform Fire Code:1208
Access to Exits:
When more than one exit is required, they shall be so arranged
that it is possible to go in either direction from any point
in a corridor to a separate exit, except for dead end corridors
not exceeding 20 feet in length. Dead end corridors exceeding
20 feet in length shall have a separate exit.
Any device used to construct a dead end corridor such as gates,
railings, furniture or any other material or equipment caused
to create a dead end corridor is prohibited.
Uniform Fire Code: 1103
Rubbish within Dumpsters. Dumpsters and containers
with an individual capacity of 1.5 cubic yards (40.5 cubic feet)
or more shall not be stored in buildings or placed within 5 feet
of combustible walls, openings or combustible roof eave lines.
EXCEPTIONS. 1. Areas containing dumpsters or containers
protected by an approved automatic sprinkler system. Structures
of Types I and II fire-resistive construction used for dumpster
or container storage located not less than 10 feet from other
State Fire Marshal requires at least 20 feet
from buildings with eaves or overhangs.
Uniform Fire Code: 8506
Extension cords. General: Extension cords shall not be used as a substitute for permanent
1. Extension cords shall only be used with portable appliances
while such appliances are in immediate use.
2. Power Supply. Extension cords shall be plugged directly into
an approved receptacle, power tap or multiplug adapter and shall,
except for approved multiplug extension cords, serve only
one portable appliance.
3. Amperage. The amperage of the extension cord shall not be
less than the rated capacity of the portable appliance supplied
by the cord.
4. Maintenance. The extension cords shall be maintained in good
condition without splices, deterioration or damage.
5. Grounding. Extension cords shall be grounded when servicing
grounded portable appliances.
6. Installation. Extension cords and flexible cords shall
not be affixed to structures; extend through walls, ceilings,
floors, under doors or floor coverings; or be subject to environmental
or physical damage.
ZIP CORD (2 wire non-grounding) are NOT approve
and shall not be used.
Uniform Building Code: 1003.3.1.8
Uniform Fire Code: 1207.3
Exit doors shall be openable from the inside without the use
of a key or any special knowledge or effort. Exit doors shall
not be locked, chained, bolted, latched or otherwise rendered
All locking devices shall be of an approved type:
Dead bolts shall not be used. Exception: Storage rooms
that are not occupied (closets).
LOCKING DEVICE REQUIRING MORE THAN ONE ACTION TO OPERATE ARE
FLAMES IN BUILDINGS
Uniform Fire Code: 2501.17
Candles and other open-flame devices shall not
be used in places of assembly, or drinking or dining establishments.
Open flames include; birthday candles, lighters, matches, torches
or any other means of open flame.
Exception: Buildings or rooms approved, such as
Industrial arts, shops or garages.
Uniform Fire Code: 1303.3.3
Fire Drills in Educational Occupancies.
Fire drills in Group E Occupancies shall be conducted
in accordance with the following:
1. Fire drills shall be conducted at least once
each month of operation.
Exception; During severe weather, fire drills are allowed to
be postponed when approved by the Authority having Jurisdiction.
2. A record of all required fire drills shall
be kept by the person in charge of the occupancy and forwarded
to the GCSD District Office and the Fire Department. Records of
fire drills shall include the time and date of each drill held,
the name of the person conducting such drill and the time required
to vacate the building.
3. Fire drill shall include complete
evacuation of ALL personnel from the building or portion
thereof used for educational purposes.
4. The Fire Department will be notified
prior to each fire drill. Please call 259-xxxx
5. Fire drills are to be activated by use of a
fire alarm device (smoke detector, heat detector, pull station,
etc). The fire alarm system is to be exercised by using a different
device every time a fire drill is conducted. A fire drill shall
not be activated by the use of a FIRE DRILL switch..
6. RECALL. School bells or sounds that are used
in every day operation of the school SHALL
NOT BE USED TO RECALL STUDENTS AND STAFF BACK INTO THE BUILDING.
Doing so could bring people into a burning building.
Uniform Fire Code: 8509
Access to Electrical panels, Fire alarm panels,
1. General. Work space around panels and switchboards
shall be provided and maintained as required by the Electrical
Code. Such space shall not be used for storage.
2. Access. A clear and unobstructed means of access
with a minimum width of 30 inches and minimum height of 78
inches shall be maintained from the operating face of the
switchboard or panel to an aisle or corridor.
Uniform Fire Code: 7902.5.7.2
1. Flammable and combustible liquids are allowed
to be used for maintenance purposes and operation of equipment
when stored in cabinets which comply with the Fire Code. Quantities
not exceeding 10 gallons are allowed to be stored outside
of a cabinet when in approved containers and approved locations.
2. When quantities exceed 10 gallons an approved
flammable liquid storage cabinet shall be used.
Any inquiry regarding these codes, code violations,
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