University buildings contain numerous devices that are required to operate properly to ensure your safety. It is very important that these devices are not tampered with, or rendered ineffective in any way. All building occupants should review their areas to identify safety devices and note their locations and condition.
Devices that appear to be damaged should be reported to Facilities immediately for replacement or repair.
Fire extinguishers are located throughout University buildings for use in an emergency, and are provided to extinguish small fires while in their beginning stage. Warning: Do not attempt to extinguish large or rapidly growing fires. Only persons trained in the use of extinguishers should attempt to fight a fire. Fire extinguishers are required to be visible and readily accessible at all times. Never place items in front of extinguishers or block identifying signs.
For more information see APM 35.24: Fire Extinguishers.
Some buildings are equipped with automatic fire sprinkler systems. Care must be taken to avoid damaging sprinkler heads. Sprinkler heads should never be blocked or covered. Never hang anything from sprinklers or sprinkler piping as this can interfere with their proper operation.
Shelving, bookcases or other storage should not be installed within 18" of sprinkler heads.
Fire Alarms/Smoke and Heat detectors
All Moscow campus buildings have automatic fire alarm systems installed that include smoke detector and/or heat detection devices. These devices are ceiling mounted and will detect the presence of fire or smoke. They should never be covered or blocked. Never use aerosols or perform any operation in the vicinity of smoke/heat detectors that might generate dusts, mists or smoke.
Fire alarm manual pull-stations are available at all building exits, and exits from each floor, for activating fire alarms in a fire emergency. They should never be blocked and should be plainly visible and accessible at all times.
Lighted 'exit' signs are installed throughout buildings to identify exits for emergency evacuation. These signs are illuminated and will operate from emergency power if building electrical systems fail. They should never be covered or obstructed in order to be available during an emergency. If signs appear damaged, or if they are not illuminated, contact Facilities immediately for repair.
Fire doors are installed to protect occupants using exits and corridors from fire and smoke during a fire. It is critical that they operate properly and are closed at all times. Fire doors are identified by signage, and all stairway doors are fire doors. Never block open a fire door, or place any object nearby that might interfere with the door closing properly. If doors are discovered to be damaged, or if they do not close properly, contact Facilities immediately for repair.