Washington State University
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

FIRE SAFETY
8.24
Revised 8-06
WSU Fire Marshal
335-8548

Exit Routes

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DEFINITION

Exit routes are an essential part of any plan designed to evacuate people from a building or other structure in the event of a fire and other emergency. Each work station should have at least two routes from the work station to a location at least 75 yards from the structure. The work group should have a designated meeting place outside of the structure.

RESPONSIBILITY

The unit administrator and the area safety committee are responsible for establishing and communicating exit routes within spaces assigned to the unit.

The unit administrator is responsible for ensuring that the exit routes are not obstructed.

Contact the WSU Fire Marshal for more information regarding the International Fire Code.

For example, movers may not block exits with vehicles or dollies.

Items placed, installed, or maintained any place within space assigned to an administrative unit must be consistent with the fire-resistive standards of the building or other structure.

Personnel are not to place a door chock, wedge, or furniture item in a doorway which could prevent the door from automatically closing in the event of a fire.

SELF INSPECTION

Annually, a representative of the area safety committee and the unit administrator conduct a safety review to evaluate hazards and to recommend or take corrective action to minimize or eliminate hazards.

Use the Safety Inspection Checklist on pages 2.50.3-12.

REPORTING OBSTRUCTIONS

Anyone who identifies a hazard should report the hazard to the unit administrator, the safety committee representative, and/or the WSU Fire Marshal.

Use a Hazard Notification form to report obstructions. See 2.52.

FIRE MARSHAL INSPECTION

The WSU Fire Marshal may issue citations if an administrative unit has obstructions within the department's exit routes.

Distribution of citations: