Fire Prevention Checklist

The UCSF Fire Marshal’s primary concern during an emergency is that people can evacuate buildings safely, and that occupants or first responders have access to critical emergency equipment.

The following Fire Life Safety checklist will help to ensure your department is prepared for emergency evacuations and that, should a fire occur, people will be better protected

  • EXITING CORRIDORS and EXIT STAIRWELLS shall remain clear and free of obstructions, equipment or storage.
    • An exit corridor full of smoke is hard to navigate.
  • FIRE DOORS (doors with closers) are not held open with ties, equipment, or door stops, and strike plates and latches are not taped over to prevent latching.
    • Smoke and fire will easily spread through the building, endangering occupants; fire doors are meant to close & latch, containing spread of smoke and fire.
  • EQUIPMENT LOCATIONS: Fire Extinguishers, Fire Alarm Pull Stations, and Fire Equipment remain free and unobstructed.
    • Review your department Emergency Action Plan (EAP) with all staff: identify all extinguishers, alarms, fire equipment, and emergency exit locations.
  • ELECTRICAL: Proper use of Power Strips (NO daisy chains) & Electrical panels remain clear and accessible.
    •  A working space of not less than 30 inches in width, 36 inches in depth shall be provided in front of electrical panels.
  • HOUSEKEEPING: Keep combustible materials in the work area only in amounts needed for the job. When they are unneeded, conduct regular lab clean-out/disposal sessions – Manage Your Space!
    • Remove Storage of Materials: Clearance must be maintained from wall to wall at least 18 inches below sprinkler heads, 24 inches in non-sprinklered locations.