The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office
is currently developing fire safety
guidelines for customers.
The purpose of this pilot project is
to help customers comply with with Fire Code standards and procedures.
following guidelines apply to educational facilities.
Fire Safety Guidelines for Educational Facilities:
Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the holiday season. But
fireworks can be dangerous when used improperly, causing serious burn and eye injuries.
’s why the Harris County Fire Marshal strongly recommends that you: LEAVE FIREWORKS TO THE PROFESSIONALS!
If celebrating with fireworks is legal in your area, and you decide to use them,
follow these safety tips:
Before you shoot:
DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN BUY FIREWORKS WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION
Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers
Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
Find a smooth, flat surface -- away from the house and other buildings, or dry leaves
Be sure to have water handy in case of a malfunction or fire
- ALWAYS HAVE ADULT SUPERVISION!
When you're ready to shoot:
Artificial Trees - Ensure your artificial tree is fire
retardant - look on label.
Real Trees - Do not place near a heat source i.e.:
heat vent or fireplace, keep water in the bottom and do not leave up more than 2
Christmas Lights - Inspect for frayed wire or bare
spots, do not use if these exist. The standard allotment of strands is three connected
together at any one time.
Electrical Outlets - Do not overload electrical outlets;
use a surge protector not a power strip to connect lights and other Christmas decorations.
Decorations - Remember to use decorations that are
"flame retardant", this includes flower, stuffed animal and ornament decorations.
Candles - Do not light near trees, decorations and
always remember to put them completely out!
Batteries - DO NOT USE THE BATTERIES FROM YOUR SMOKE
DETECTORS TO TEST GAMES OR TOYS! This teaches your children bad habits and you may
forget to replace them!
Every day, millions of people wake up, go to work or school, and take
part in social events. There have been many deadly fires in in buildings classified
as assembly occupancies -- sports arenas, restaurants, churches, meeting halls,
nightclubs, and similar places.
Take the time to learn about the public assembly
buildings you may enter so that you know what to do if the unexpected happens
Take a good look - Does the building appear to be
in a condition that makes you feel comfortable? Is the main entrance wide and does
it open outward to allow easy exit? Is the outside area clear of materials stored
against the building or blocking exits?
Have a communication plan - Identify a
relative or friend beforehand to contact in case of emergency and you are separated
from family or friends.
Plan a meeting place - Pick a meeting place
outside to meet family or friends with whom you are attending the function. If there
is an emergency, be sure to meet them there.
Locate exits immediately - When you enter
a building look for all available exits. Are the exits clearly marked and well lit?
Some exits may be in front and some in back of you. Always be prepared to use the
exit closest to you. (You may not be able to use the main exit.)
Check for clear exit paths - Make sure
aisles are wide enough and not obstructed by chairs or furniture. Check to make
sure your exit door is not blocked or chained. If there are not at least two clearly
marked exits or exit paths are blocked, report the violation to management and leave
the building if it is not immediately addressed. Call the local fire marshal to
register a complaint.
Make sure you feel safe - Does the building
appear to be overcrowded? Are there fire sources such as candles burning, cigarettes
or cigars burning, pyrotechnics, or other heat sources that may make you feel unsafe?
Are there safety systems in place such as alternative exits, sprinklers, and smoke
alarms? Ask the management for clarification on your concerns. If you do not feel
safe in the building, leave immediately.
React Immediately - If an alarm sounds, you see smoke
or fire, or other unusual disturbances immediately exit the building in an orderly
fashion. Use your closest exit
– keep in mind that it may not be the main
Get out, stay out! - Once you have escaped, stay out.
Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. Let trained
firefighters conduct rescue operations.