Frequently Asked Questions

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions not listed here.

Classroom Capacity Requests

There is often a desire to increase the posted classroom capacities to accommodate additional students. There are several specific building/fire code issues to consider in this situation:

  1. To increase classroom capacity to greater than 49 occupants, the room must have 2 exits.
  2. Accessibility requirements mandate specific clearances at doors. Generally a 5 foot by 5 foot clear area at the door will meet all configurations.
  3. Aisles between desks must be 12 inches minimum and 36 inches around classroom circulation areas.

Several additional items commonly encountered when reviewing classroom capacities:

  1. Physical comfort plays a role; depending on the type of course, it’s difficult to sit shoulder to shoulder, take notes, and be expected to actively participate in class.
  2. Some courses are limited by such things as available lab desk space/equipment, data ports, electrical outlets, etc… Academic Scheduling generally is based on room rather than course.  So if the enrollment is increased for the room because one course doesn’t need the data ports, you’d just want to ensure that another course doesn’t over-enroll based on its need for that infrastructure.

Generally there is flexibility to increase capacities by several students.  However, there is a limit to that flexibility within the framework of the above-mentioned criteria.

Classroom Capacity Request Form

Scheduling an Inspection
Scheduling Fire Drills
Hot Work Permits

Fire Safety Guidelines

Use common sense and good judgment when using devices that produce heat. This includes cooking, using candles, using heat-producing appliances such as coffee machines, and other activities.

Sources of Ignition

Small Appliances: See FLS' policy on Small Appliances for more information.

Portable Heaters: Portable heaters are to be used only when the central heating system is malfunctioning and a comfortable temperature cannot be maintained, and only after written approval by the Campus Fire Marshal. Keep heaters away from combustibles, and unplug the unit when not in use. For more information see FLS' policies on Portable Heaters. 

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in campus buildings except for pre-approved theatrical performances.

Electrical hazards: Electrical devices can present a serious fire hazard when not used properly.

Guildelines

• Never leave sources of ignition, such as a hot stove or a burning candle, unattended.

• Turn off or unplug appliances when they are not being used.

• Do not use electrical devices with frayed or damaged cords or exposed wiring.

• Use only devices that are UL listed.

• Avoid using extension cords and do not overload circuits.

• Do not continue using a device if it consistently trips the circuit breaker.

• If a device emits an unusual odor, turn it off and unplug it immediately. Do not use the device until it is repaired.

• Follow all directions included with your electrical devices.

Combustible Storage

Improper storage of combustible items is an invitation for fire. Please ensure that:

• Storage inside buildings is orderly.

• Storage is placed at least 18 inches below fire sprinklers and does not block the flow of water from sprinkler heads.

• Oily rags and similar materials are stored in approved covered metal containers.

• Trash is taken out regularly and kept from accumulating.

• Contact FLS before storing hazardous or flammable material, e.g., volatile chemicals or flammable gas, in campus buildings.

All Storage

Also, for all storage even non-combustible storage please ensure that:

• Items are not attached to or hanging from sprinkler heads and pipes.

• Clear access to fire extinguishers, fire alarm pull stations, and other fire protection equipment is maintained.

Emergency Exit System

It is very important for occupants to be able to safely exit a building during an emergency. Exit routes, including aisles, hallways, corridors, and stairs must be kept free of obstructions that could impede or prevent occupants from safely evacuating.

• Maintain a minimum 44-inch wide clear path of egress through corridors and hallways for occupancies greater than 50 persons. For occupancies of 50 persons or less, the minimum clear path of egress is 36-inches.

• Do not store combustible or hazardous items in corridors.

• Storage of any kind is prohibited in enclosed stairwells.

• Enclosed exit stairs may not be used for "any purpose" other than a means of exit.

• Do not obstruct or block doors from opening.

• Do not block fire doors open with doorstops, wedges or other devices that do not allow the fire door to automatically close during an emergency.

• Bikes are not to be stored in corridors, stairways, or stairway landings.

In the event of a fire, all building occupants are instructed to always evacuate the building promptly via the nearest clear exit and to remain in the designated area outside the building until they are given the word to re-enter the building.  Staff and residents have been made aware of manual fire alarm box locations within the facility and the fire alarm system may be activated while exiting the building, but in no case should residents jeopardize their safety to activate the alarms.  Once outside the building, the fire should be reported by dialing 9-1-1.

If You Hear a Fire Alarm

  1. Immediately evacuate the building via the shortest and safest route. Do not use elevators.
  2. If you notice smoke, use the alternative escape route.
  3. Test doors with the back of your hand before opening them. If the door is warm or if you notice smoke, use an alternative escape route. Check paths for safety before proceeding and close doors behind you.
  4. Crawl low if you have to go through smoke.
  5. Go to a safe area or to a pre-assigned exterior area for your building.
  6. If you suspect that someone is missing or trapped, contact the emergency personnel outside the building.
  7. If you are trapped during a fire emergency, close all doors between you and the fire. Stuff cracks around the doors to keep out smoke. Wait at a safe window and signal/call for help. If there is a phone in the room, call the fire department or911and tell them exactly where you are.
  8. Stop, Drop and Roll if you clothing catches fire.

If You Discover a Fire

  1. Leave the fire area and close the door to the area.
  2. Sound the fire alarm.
  3. Immediately evacuate the building via the shortest and safest route. (Proper use of fire extinguishers within extinguisher limits and by trained individuals is optional but should not be attempted until building alarm is actuated and people are evacuated.
  4. Do not use elevators. A fire can disrupt the operation of elevators and trap occupants inside.
  5. If you notice smoke, use the alternate escape route.
  6. Test doors with the back of your hand before opening them. If the door is warm or if you notice smoke, use an alternative escape route. Check paths for safety before proceeding and close doors behind you.
  7. Crawl low if you have to go through smoke.
  8. Go to a safe area or to a pre-assigned exterior area for your building.
  9. From the nearest phone in a safe area, call 911.
  10. Await emergency response personnel at safe location and direct them to the scene.
  11. If you suspect that someone is missing or trapped, contact the emergency personnel outside the building.
  12. If you are trapped during a fire emergency, close all doors between you and the fire and stuff cracks around the doors to keep out smoke. Wait at a safe window and signal/call for help. If there is a phone in the room, call the911and tell them exactly where you are.
  13. Stop, Drop and Roll if your clothing catches fire.

Once You Have Evacuated

  1. From the nearest phone in the safe area, call 911.
  2. If you suspect that someone is missing or trapped, contact firefighters on scene or at the fire engine, police officers, or ambulance personnel.
  3. Await emergency response personnel at a safe location and direct them to the scene. Report the fire to the hall office or the nearest available resident advisor. Do not reenter the building until instructed to do so by the fire department.
  4. Follow directions of fire and police personnel and the housing staff.
  5. Report to the person who is taking roll.
  6. Never reenter the building to save your personal belongings.
  7. Stay calm.

Contact Information

• Emergencies: 9-1-1

• Campus Police: 303-492-6666

• FM Service Center: 303-492-5522

• Campus Fire Marshal: 303-492-4042

• Housing Maintenance: 303-735-5555

• Environmental Health & Safety: 303-492-6025