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  1. Fire and Life Safety Violations Division of Housing and Food Service Updated 7/23/05

  2. Fire Safety Policy • Tampering with fire and safety equipment is a violation of state law and university regulations • Tampering is defined as any action that may damage or interfere with the normal functioning of the fire and life safety system

  3. So, what are some violations?

  4. Items Hanging From Sprinkler Head • Hanging items from sprinkler head could cause a malfunction in the sprinkler system. This could discharge up to 30 to 40 gallons of water per minute • Note: As of August 2005, there are no sprinklers in Whitis Court and Simkins

  5. Items on Top of Soffit • Items stored on top of the soffit could damage sprinkler piping inside. This could also cause a malfunction in the sprinkler system

  6. Propping Door Open According to the State Fire Marshal, all doors must close automatically in order to prevent the spread of a fire.

  7. Other Fire/Life Safety Violations Include: • Tampering with smoke detectors • Tampering with fire extinguishers • Tampering with safety related signage (e.g. evacuation diagrams and exit signs) • Tampering with door closers • Tampering with fire alarm system (includes sirens, pull stations, lights, etc.)

  8. Household Appliances • By order of the University Fire Marshal, the use of any appliance with open heating coils is prohibited • Students found in violation of policy will be directed to immediately remove the prohibited items and be subject to disciplinary action, including fines

  9. Violations Toaster RiceCooker

  10. Toaster Oven Fry Daddy Crock Pots George Foreman Grills Hot Plates Electric Woks Electric Skillets Hamburger Cookers Bread Cookers Microwaves (other than one provided) Refrigerators (other than one provided) Any appliance with open heating coils Coffee/Drink heaters Other Violations Include

  11. Approved Appliances Coffee Pot Hot Pot

  12. Other Approved Appliances Include: • Coffee Grinders • Blenders • Air Popcorn Poppers • Food Dehydrators • Juicers • Electric Can Openers

  13. Electrical Extensions • The Fire Marshal has indicated that use of extension cords or multiple plug converters (multiplug) is prohibited • Only Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) approved power strips with a circuit breaker are allowed

  14. Violations 6-Way Multiplug Multiplug

  15. More violations Daisy Chain Holiday Lights

  16. Still more violations Indoor Extension Cord Outdoor Extension Cord

  17. Approved Electrical Extensions Power Strip With Built-In Circuit Breaker

  18. Approved Electrical Extensions 6-Way Multiplug With Built-In Circuit Breaker Tip: If a multiplug has a green or red light on it, it has a built-in circuit breaker

  19. Banned Objects This category contains all other objects that don’t fall under the other three categories

  20. Candles and Incense Candle With Burned Wick Candle With Unburned Wick

  21. Other Banned Objects Space Heater • Explosives • Fireworks • Weapons • Chinese Lamps • Halogen Lamps • University Furniture • Too much trash • Toxic Chemicals • Neon Lights

  22. Questions about an item? • Consult the following resources: • Residence Hall Handbook • Contact Your HC • UT Fire Marshal’s Office 471-7989 • Roosevelt Easley • Garland Waldrop (Fire Marshal)