Fire Prevention – Paper

The fire code states that no more than 15% of walls may be covered by paper. Additionally, as also stated in Classroom/School Appearance, nothing may be put on the doors. The code states that nothing may be hung from the ceiling.

Fire Prevention – Electrical

Electrical fires are a primary concern in classrooms. Please note the following guidelines:

  • No paper, cloth, or other flammables should be near outlets.
  • Electric, extension, flexible, and drop cords cannot pass through walls, ceilings, floors, under doors or floor coverings, and cannot be subject to environmental damage.
  • All plugs must be grounded (three pronged).
  • Only one portable appliance can be run from an extension cord.
  • An extension cord can be used only as temporary wiring.
  • Extension cords must be certified by a listed organization like Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or CSA.
  • Extension cords must plug straight into approved receptacles.
  • The current capacity of the extension cord must not be exceeded.
  • Each classroom should have an approved power strip for charging computers.
  • The cord cannot be attached to the structure or the building.
  • The cord must be maintained in good condition.
  • Approved surge protectors may be used. They must plug directly into a wall receptacle and cannot plug into another surge protector.
  • When not in use, TV carts and small appliances should be unplugged.
  • Tables cannot be kept in front of pull stations or fire extinguishers.
  • Fire doors and outside doors should not be propped open.
  • Check outlets once or twice a year and notify the office of any broken ones so they can be replaced.

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