Matt Oulman, Fire Safety Specialist
moulman@uidaho.edu
phone: 208-885-6525
fax: 208-885-5969
Environmental Health & Safety
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2030
Moscow, ID 83844-2030

PSS Units

EHS

Environmental Health and Safety
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2030
Moscow, ID 83844-2030
Phone: (208) 885-6524
Fax: (208) 885-5969
Email

PSS

Public Safety and Security
875 Perimeter Dr MS 3162 
Moscow, ID 83844-3162
Phone: (208) 885-2254
Fax: (208) 885-9490

Emergency Mgmt

Emergency Management
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2281
Moscow, ID 83844-2281
Phone: (208) 885-7179
Fax: (208) 885-7001
Email

Active in Emergencies
(208) 885-1010

Risk Management

Risk Management & Insurance
875 Perimeter Dr MS 3162
Moscow, ID 83844-3162 
Phone: (208) 885-7177
Fax: (208) 885-9490
Email

Active in Emergencies
(208) 885-1010

Security Services

Security Services
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2281
Moscow, ID 83844-2281
Phone: (208) 885-7054
Fax: (208) 885-7001
Email

Diagram of building evacuation route

Control Areas

Control areas are areas within buildings that are separated from the rest of the building by fire-rated construction. This creates compartments that will resist the spread of fire to the rest of the structure. Each of these compartments is treated as a separate storage area in regard to flammable liquids. These compartments, or fire areas, are known as 'control areas' because they are intended to control the spread of fire through the building. Commonly, control areas are wings of buildings, individual floors separated by stairwells and fire doors, or a portion of these.

If the storage limitations are exceeded, the fire classification of the building is deemed a 'hazardous occupancy,' and the resulting fire safety regulations that must be met are extensive and costly because few buildings are designed or built to these standards, and must be renovated.

Many buildings will consist of multiple control areas. To ensure that the control area limitations are not exceeded it is important to maintain a thorough and accurate inventory, and routinely assess the necessity of quantities stored.

The code limits for storage within each control area can be viewed here.

For more information on the control areas within your building, and the limitations that might apply, contact your building administrator or department head.