Annual Fire Inspections

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The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control performs annual inspections of UB’s campus facilities for violations of the State Fire Code. Inspections begin in the fall and follow-ups are conducted at the start of the new year.

Fire Code Violations

Check your surroundings on a regular basis to make sure you are in compliance with the New York State Fire Code.

Electrical

Electrical violations:

Below are restrictions for using extension cords:

  • Extension cords and flexible cords cannot be used as a substitute for permanent wiring
  • Extension cords can only be used with portable appliances
  • Extension cords and flexible cords cannot be affixed to structures, extended through walls, ceilings, floors, under doors or floor coverings and must not be subject to environmental damage or physical impact

(Source: Fire Code of New York State, §F605.5 Extension cords)

Other Electrical:

  • Adapters that are multi-plug are non-compliant and prohibited
  • Electrical panel box clearance not maintained near workspace settings
  • Portable heaters not plugged into a wall outlet directly
  • Workspace clearance not maintained in front of electrical panel box
  • Daisy chaining power strips (i.e. plugging one power strip into another)

Fire and Life Safety

Fire and life safety violations:

  • Combustible waste materials accumulating in a building or structure
  • Combustible materials stored in exits, boilers, mechanical, or electrical rooms
  • Ceiling clearance not maintained (Sprinklered rooms 18”; Non-sprinklered rooms 24”)
  • Obstructed access to fire department equipment
  • Fire extinguishers obstructed or obscured from view
  • Non-portable appliances not plugged directly into a wall outlet
  • Exits obstructed, blocked by furnishings, decorations or not readily available for use
  • Fire department equipment obstructed access to
  • Fire extinguishers obstructed or obscured from view
  • Width of exit aisle required not maintained near workspace settings
  • Exits obstructed, blocked by furnishings, decorations or not readily available for use
  • Required width of exit aisle not maintained
  • Quantities of flammable liquids exceed maximum allowed per control area
  • Rooms or cabinets containing compressed gas not labeled
  • Hazardous materials stored improperly
  • Compressed gas cylinders not properly secured
  • Portable heaters not kept 3 feet from combustible materials

Lab Safety

Lab safety violations:

  • Combustible waste materials accumulating in a building or structure
  • Combustible materials stored in exits, boilers, mechanical, or electrical rooms
  • Compressed gas cylinders not properly secured
  • Compressed gas contained within rooms or cabinets not labeled
  • Flammable liquids exceed maximum quantities allowed per control area
  • Hazardous materials stored improperly
  • Portable heaters not kept 3 feet from combustible materials

Related Policies

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Contact an Expert

head shot of Steven Herberger Manager of Fire & Life Safety.

Steven Herberger

Fire & Life Safety Officer; Code Enforcement Officer

Environment, Health & Safety

Phone: 716-829-5821

Email: stevenhe@buffalo.edu

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