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Fire and life safety inspections are conducted monthly by the Office of Safety and Compliance. These inspections are conducted not only to ensure compliance with fire and life safety codes, but to ensure a campus free from hazards.

The Office of Safety and Compliance and the Physical Plant maintains life safety systems such as fire alarms and sprinkler systems through a preventive maintenance and inspection program.

Keeping your workplace free from fire hazards is an essential part of this program. The Office of Safety and Compliance asks for your help in maintaining a productive and safe workplace.

Common Violations

These are some common violations of fire code that are found on the Lander campus.

  • The use of multi-plug adaptors is prohibited.
  • Power strips are not allowed to be interconnected ("Piggy-backed or daisy chaining")
  • Storage should be maintained two feet below the ceiling in all areas.
  • Corridors and exits should be free from obstructions.
  • It is recommended that toasters not be placed under combustible shelves.
  • Portable space heaters are strictly prohibited in University buildings.
  • Toaster ovens are not allowed. (The traditional 2 slot toaster is ok, the toaster oven is not.)
  • George Foreman Grills are not allowed.
  • Christmas type lights are not commercially rated and shall not be used.
  • When leaving offices for extended period of time such as class, lunch, meetings, etc., please ensure that doors are closed.
  • Please make sure that exterior doors and doors along corridors are closed.
  • Appliances such as refrigerators and microwaves should be plugged directly into a receptacle.

Fire Alarms

Unless otherwise notified, never assume that a fire alarm sounding is a false alarm. Greenwood Fire Department and Lander University regulations require evacuation of a building when the fire alarm sounds. Lander University Police and the City Fire Department personnel will make the decision to allow persons to re-enter the building. To find the emergency exits for your facility, follow the red lighted EXIT signs displayed in all hallways.

Use the following guidelines if a fire alarm sounds:

  • Do not panic. In an orderly manner, walk to the nearest FIRE EXIT and go to the parking lot or back of the building.
  • If you are not on the ground floor, head for the nearest stairwell.
  • Never use an elevator during an emergency.
  • Do not block the driveway or try to leave in your car. The Fire Department will be arriving within minutes and will need a clear path to the building.
  • Gather with employees in your group so it is easier to determine whether anyone is missing.
  • Wait for instructions from University Police, the Fire Department or a member of campus administration about when it is safe to re-enter the building.

Fire codes require that corridor doors always open toward an exit. You can always tell whether you are moving toward an exit by the way the door opens. If you must pull the door, you are going the wrong way.

Never use an elevator. The building could lose its power, and you could be trapped. Always use stairwells instead.

Emergency Procedures

All employees are required to keep their work areas free from fire hazards. Employees should familiarize themselves with the buildings that they work in and note the locations of exits, fire extinguishers, and fire alarm pull stations. Employees should be familiar with multiple exits.


Emergency Procedures

Building Evacuation

In the event of a fire, fire alarm, or notice to evacuate, students and employees are asked to assemble in the designated areas for their building. During evacuation, employees and students should locate the closest safe exit and leave in an orderly fashion and proceed to the assembly area. Employees are asked to familiarize themselves with their work area and know two exit routes from their work area.


Evacuation Procedures