Fires destroy property, cause injuries, and take lives. The Office of Safety Services manages several different programs to help prevent fires from happening at Florida Poly.
TheState Fire Marshal is responsible for the annual fire safety inspections of Florida Poly facilities. An EHS representative accompanies the state fire marshal on the inspections. The purpose of these inspections is to prevent or minimize fire and life safety deficiencies in all University facilities. The inspections comply with Florida Statute Chapter 633.0215 and the adopted Florida Fire Prevention Code.
At least once each year the University conducts an inspection of all campus sprinker systems. The inspection includes testing all tamper switches, water flow switches, fire pumps, and visual inspection of all sprinkler heads and piping throughout all buildings, including common areas, bathrooms, and residence halls.
The office of Environmental Health and Safety provides training several times a year, and on demand as requested.
The residence halls at Florida Poly are designed for a reasonable level of fire safety. The fire alarms, sprinkler systems, smoke detectors, and extinguishers are all inspected on a regular basis. There are fire safety instructions and procedures in effect in all halls, designed to enhance safety and minimize the hazard of fire and smoke. Additionally, fire drills are required once each semester, during the first three weeks of each academic term to test fire alarm systems and fire reporting procedures under simulated emergency conditions.
Florida Fire Prevention Code requires a permit for all hot work operations. Hot work is any operation involving open flames or producing heat and/or sparks. This includes, but is not limited to: welding and allied processes, hot mopping, heat treating, grinding, thawing pipe, the use of power-driven fasteners, hot riveting, and similar applications.