This Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan is designed to meet requirements in the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code(SFVC) Section 404 and U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 29, part 1910.39 to implement a Fire Prevention Plan.
Office of Risk Management
James Madison University Office of Risk Management
131 West Grace Street, MSC 6703, Harrisonburg, VA 22807
James Madison University is required by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC) Section F-404 to create and maintain a Fire Safety Plan. In addition, James Madison University is required under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 29, part 1910.39 to implement a Fire Prevention Plan. This Fire Safety Plan is designed to satisfy the requirements of the aforementioned federal and state regulations. This plan describes roles and responsibilities, policies, and procedures designed to mitigate the causes of fire, prevent loss of life and property by fire, and outline the procedures used to maintain fire protection and life safety systems. This Fire Safety Plan is reviewed annually and amended as necessary and whenever:
Applicable state, federal, or local codes or regulations are revised and/or adopted;
A student, employee, contractor, or visitor is injured during a fire emergency; or
University property or the environment is damaged during a fire emergency.
All revisions to this Fire Safety Plan shall be shared with the parties’ identified in this document.
Table of Contents
JMU Risk Management 6
Risk Management - Office of Fire Safety 7
JMU Risk Management - Environmental Health 7
JMU Public Safety 8
Facilities Management 8
Facilities Management - Life Safety Shop 8
Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office 9
Building Occupants 9
Facilities Management Engineering and Facilities Planning and Construction- Project Managers and Project Inspectors 10
Student Residents 10
Administrative Controls 10
Building Inspections 10
Fire Drills 11
Unit Fire Safety Plan 11
Evacuation Plans 12
Sprinkler Database 12
Pre-planning with Fire Departments 12
Notification of Obstructed Egress and Roadways 12
Fire Watch 12
Fire Investigations 13
Engineering Controls 13
Fire Extinguishers 14
Annual Certification 15
Monthly Inspection 15
Commercial Cooking Hood Systems 15
Fire Protection System and Equipment Repairs 16
System Impairments 16
Fire Alarm Systems 16
Fire Suppression Systems 16
Acceptance Testing 16
Fire Prevention 16
Common Fire Hazards 17
Indoor Decor 17
Open Flames 17
Laundry Facilities 18
Space Heaters 18
Approved Electrical Testing Facility 19
Outdoor Grills 19
Deep Fryers 20
Hazardous Materials 20
Accumulation and Storage of Combustible Materials 20
James Madison University is committed to providing a safe environment. This Fire Safety Plan is a collaborative effort between the JMU office of Risk Management, Facilities Management, and Public Safety. This plan outlines the various responsibilities, activities, and procedures that the university observes to reduce the potential for fires and mitigate the damage should a fire occur on or near property controlled by the university.
This document describes the procedures James Madison University uses to mitigate the risk of fire on university property and satisfy the requirements of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC) Section 404 and United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 29, part 1910.39. This document establishes the necessary testing, inspection, and certification of fire alarm and suppression equipment maintained by the university.
This document is applicable to all campuses, sites, centers, and buildings that are owned or operated by James Madison University personnel. Elements of this plan may be applicable to leased spaces based on university activities and contract stipulations. University employees that are responsible for university space or conduct activities subject to Statewide Fire Prevention Code, National Fire Protection Association standards (NFPA), International Code Council (ICC) standards, or Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations are expected to be familiar with the contents of this plan.
Roles and Responsibilities The following units, shops, and individuals identified below are assigned specific roles and responsibilities to implement this Fire Safety Plan.