Classroom Safety | Kimberly
KIMBERLY SCHOOL DISTRICT
CLASSROOM FIRE SAFETY COMPLIANCE
Simplified and Clear Definitions of Fire Code Safety Issues
20 Square Foot per Student Space Requirement
Twenty (20) square feet of net floor space is required for each student desk in a classroom. Net floor space is defined as the total floor area utilized by non-student occupied desks and furnishings subtracted from the total floor space in any given room.
Classroom Artwork and Teaching Material
Wall displays of child art, and/or teaching aids that are attached to the wall surface cannot cover more than 20 percent of the usable space of that wall surface. Chalk boards and White boards are not flammable and therefore are not to be considered in the 20 percent total. Bulletin boards, because of their flammable nature must be included in the 20 percent calculation. Each wall should be considered as 100 percent and independent of the other walls in the classroom for this calculation. A “wall surface” is defined as the area from the floor to the ceiling and corner to corner,
of “usable” space. Unusable space is defined as the areas of a wall that are blocked by bookcases, desks, tables, or similar items. Any items, teaching aids, etc, which are attached to the ceiling, are to be included in the allowed artwork and teaching materials calculations for each wall.
See: Hanging Teaching Aids, Child Prepared Art Work, etc. from the Ceiling.
Exit Corridor / Hallway Artwork and Teaching Materials
Each wall of a hallway or corridor cannot have more than 20 percent of that wall space covered with wall displays, child art, and teaching aids.
Hanging Teaching Aids, Child Prepared Art Work, etc. from the Ceiling
Do Not attach anything to any ceiling light fixture, fire alarm sensors, fire strobe lamps, sprinkler heads or overhead pipe runs. Teaching Aids, child prepared art work, etc. may be hung from the ceiling but they will be included in the Artwork and Teaching Material calculations for each wall. The lowest part of the display items cannot hang any closer than 7 feet to the floor.*
* NOTE: If a classroom or corridor is equipped with burglar motion detectors, hanging items from the ceiling will not be allowed in those classrooms or corridors.
Placement of Combustible Material on Exit Doors
Exit doors cannot have paper, teaching aids, or decorations attached to either side of the door.
18 Inch Rule Around Exit Doors.
There cannot be any combustible/flammable material within 18 inches of adjacent space around exit doors. This includes the walls on both sides of the door as well as the wall space above the door. The Fire Exit Route Map is the only thing that can be placed within this 18-inch section of the wall. The map should be placed next to the classroom exit door(s). See “Placement of the Room Evacuation Map”.
Placement of the Room Evacuation Map
The fire evacuation route map is the only thing that can be placed within the 18-inch wide area around the door. The map should be placed next to the classroom exit door(s)
approximately 60 inches off of the floor. The map may be placed on either side of the door, but primarily should be on the right side.
Storage Distances from the Ceiling
All storage in the classroom or in storage areas cannot be closer than 24 inches to the ceiling. (If the room is “sprinklered” the storage must be no closer than 18 inches from the sprinkler head—this will still be approximately 24 inches from the ceiling)
Classroom Exit Door Clearances
All exit doors in a classroom, whether to the outside of the school building or into a corridor hall way, must be kept clear of any obstructions. There must be a minimum of 36 inches of clearance, in a semi circle shape, at each door to allow for a quick and safe exit from the room.
Clearance at Fire Alarm Pull Stations
Do not obstruct access to and visual contact with the fire alarm pull station. There must be a minimum of 36 inches of clearance, in a semi circle shape, from the pull station.
Clearance at Electrical Panels
Do not obstruct access to and visual contact with the electrical panel. There must be a minimum of 36 inches of clearance, in a semi circle shape, from the electrical panel.
Clearance at Fire Extinguisher Locations
Do not obstruct access to and visual contact with the fire extinguisher. There must be a minimum of 36 inches of clearance, in a semi circle shape, from the fire extinguisher.
Use of Extension Cords/Surge Protectors
Extension cords may not be used as a permanent source of power. Surge protectors are permitted but cannot be “piggy-backed” one to another. All Extension cords and surge suppressors must be UL listed and in good repair. Household (two prong) extension cords are prohibited from use. Caution must be taken to ensure that the use of the surge protector does not cause additional safety issues, such as trip hazards.
Use of Portable Heaters
Use of such devices must be approved by the District Maintenance Director or the Building Administrator. Any such device must be of commercial grade and UL listed. Any heater used in the Kimberly School District must be equipped with a tip-over switch.
Use of Stools and Ladders at Kimberly School District Facilities
A stool or ladder must be used when working at a level above your ability to reach easily. Only commercial grade, UL listed, Type I or Type II ladders and stools, with a minimum rating of 225 lbs are approved for use.
Candles in the Classroom
Candles, the burning of incense or other types of flames is not allowed in the classroom. Plug-in scented oil warmers may be used provided that they do not have an auxiliary outlet as a part of the device.
Decorating for Holidays, Special Events, etc.
All decorations and the placement of decorations must meet the Artwork and Teaching Material calculations as well as any other applicable fire codes. (ie: Live Christmas trees, wreaths, etc.)
Free standing items capable of falling over (i.e. book shelves, cabinets, etc.)
That are 48inches or taller from the floor shall be attached to the wall. This does not include file cabinets.