Environmental Health and Safety
Fire Safety Inspections
The Superior Fire Department, UW Superior Residence Life, Facilities Management and the Environmental Health and Safety offices have been working together to improve the safety of our facilities through fire safety inspections. These inspections will occur twice a year in all rooms and offices on campus with the exception of private residences. UW Superior will continue to maintain this campus as a safe place to work, study and relax by responding promptly and effectively in correcting unsafe conditions found during the inspections.
The most common fire safety problems are related to the use of the space. Electrical safety and safe means of exiting our facilities are the leading concerns. To assist you in maintaining a safe work or study environment, please review the following guidelines:
If something impedes your route to safety, you are at risk! Knowing where and how to exit, and having a clear means of escape is essential during any emergency. The guidelines below can be applied to all storage areas, common areas, classrooms, offices and corridors.
While you are checking your aisles and exit routes, take a moment to locate the nearest fire extinguisher, fire alarm pull station and exit route. Make sure the extinguishers, pull stations and exit signs are clearly visible and free of obstructions--you never know when they will be needed.
Electrical outlets are a premium commodity in facilities that were built before the increased power demands of the modern workplace. Unfortunately, this causes individuals to improvise "quick fixes", such as using extension cords in place of permanent wiring. The unsafe conditions that result, are marked by devastating fires costing many lives and millions of dollars in damages.
Extension cords are designed by the manufacturers for temporary service only. Permanent use is not acceptable. "Temporary" means seasonal use or short periods of hours to weeks. Examples of temporary use include holiday decorations, a piece of equipment set up for a week, or using the appliance for a lecture period. An extension cord is considered "in use" if it is plugged in, even though the equipment is not turned on.
With tight budgets and limitations on electrical services to some locations, addressing the electrical needs of the office or work area can be difficult. The best answers are to locate the appliance near an existing outlet, or submit a work order* to have an electrical outlet installed where it is needed. A single multi-outlet power strip can be used as an alternative to extension cords, even for long time periods. See the guidelines for multi outlet power strips below.
IF extension cords are used, they are allowed only as a temporary condition. Before using an extension cord, please review the following guidelines:
Examples of Appropriate Use of Power Strips:
Power Strips May NOT be Used For:
Coffee Pots or mug warmers
Printers & Computer Peripherals
Hot pots, crock pots or hot plates
Refrigerators or Freezers
Microwave, toasters or toaster ovens
ANY other appliance with a high current (amperage) draw
Normally, the outlet strips will come with hardware or heavy duty double faced tape for mounting. However, if assistance is needed in mounting the outlet strips, submit a work order* to Facilities Management.
Assistance with fire safety questions is just a phone call away!
Facilities Management ext. 8120
Environmental Health and Safety ext. 8073
*Work orders are submitted to Facilities Management. When submitting work orders, please include the location and the name of an individual to contact for additional information.
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