2019 School-year Fire Inspection Report

Written by on March 18, 2019

Fire Inspection Report – Notice is hereby given that the annual inspection for the 2019 school year of the Shenendehowa Central School District buildings for fire hazards which might endanger the lives of students, teachers, employees therein; has been completed and the report thereof is available at the office of Facilities and Operations at 946 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY for inspection by all interested persons.

Common Violations:

 

Note – information provided in brackets has been taken directly from the Commissioner of Education Regulations 8 NYCRR155.7 and/or the Fire Code of New York State.

 

  1. Obstructed Rescue Windows – [All emergency rescue windows must be identified by signs as specified on the window and/or on any window shades, blinds or curtains. Emergency rescue windows must be kept free of obstructing bars, screens, grilles or classroom equipment.] There should be no books, plants, decorative materials, educational materials, or equipment of any kind stored in front of a rescue window on the window sill.  Computer carts, desks, chairs, etc. that are “parked” in front of a rescue window are code violations.  Any materials (vinyl stick on, paper, artwork, posters, etc.) affixed directly to the surface of a rescue window is also a code violation.

 

  1. Obstructed Hallways/Exits – [Furnishings, decorations or other objects shall not be placed so as to obstruct exits, access thereto, egress there from, or visibility thereof. Hangings and draperies shall not be placed over exit doors or otherwise be located to conceal or obstruct an exit]. Aisles, corridors, and exits need to be maintained and kept clear of storage (including desks in the hallways, racks of chairs, tables, etc.) at all times.  Classroom doors (both the side facing the hallway and the side facing inside the classroom) must be kept free of decorations, artwork, etc.

 

  1. Extension Cords – [Extension cords are properly used and are not a substitute for permanent wiring; unapproved multi-plug adapters are not to be used]. Extension cords are to be used on an “as-needed” basis only. Any equipment kept plugged into an extension cord for an extended period of time (i.e. overnight) should be unplugged from the extension cord (or the extension cord unplugged from the permanent wall plug) after use.  Ground Fault Interrupter prongs SHOULD NOT be tampered with, removed, or ignored to accommodate a two-prong outlet.

 

  1. Emergency Lighting Not Working – [Exit ways are provided with emergency lighting]. Emergency lighting should be tested periodically to ensure that it is functioning properly.

 

  1. Propped Doors – Any door that leads directly into a main corridor or hallway cannot be propped open. Any type of propping/wedge device (i.e. wood, rubber, folded up cardboard, bungee cords, string used to tie back doors, etc.) is not permitted in ANY building on ANY door.  (This information provided per the Manual of Planning Standards, Joe Levy from SED Office of Facilities Planning, and David Clapp from SED Fire Safety Unit).

 

  1. Storage Ceiling Clearance – [Storage ceiling clearance of 24 inches is maintained]. In ALL school areas (including classrooms, offices, etc.) storage of combustible materials must be kept at least 2 feet (or 24 inches) from the ceiling.

 

  1. Student Artwork/Decorations in Hallways – [Artwork and teaching materials are limited to not more than 20% of the corridor wall area]. Student artwork, decorative items, etc., may not cover more than 20% of any corridor wall.  Artwork and decorative items applied to permanently mounted cork boards in corridors are allowed.

 

If you have any questions or would like further clarification on these or any fire code regulations, please feel free to contact the Facilities & Operations Office.