UNIT VI POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
COLUMBIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
BLOCKED PASSAGEWAYS AND EXIT DOORS
All exits shall remain unblocked by material and emergency exits should not be locked.
Egress is the way out of a room or building. In the event of an emergency, egress sounds like a simple thing. Leave the building! However, from the viewpoint of OSHA, egress involves a number of very critical requirements. Imagine needing to get out of a strange building in a hurry and having doors blocked, not well-lit or not marked as an exit (Safety & Environmental, emergency egress, Chuck, 4/2010, para 2)
All exit lights shall be illuminated and positioned for easy to notice places.
Fire extinguishers should be inspected monthly, filled, and maintained by certified experts.
FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS
All alarm systems must be inspected annually and decent records kept.
Businesses and homeowners are obligated to maintain and keep them in absolute operating conditions.
They are only kept open by a certified device and must remain closed all other times. Leaving them wedged open to enhance access is forbidden.
All fire doors must be fitted with the suitable self-closing device.
Cannot be daisy chained to each other and never attached to permanent fixtures.
COVERED ELECTRICAL OUTLETS
Any significant electrical outlet must remain covered at all times. This applies to junction boxes, circuit breaker panels and any type of outlet box.
Electrical control cases of any sort must at least have a clearance diameter of 36 inches. Furniture, equipment or any other impediment in electrical source access areas is another prevalent fire code violation easily corrected with care and attention.