Tips to get your lab fire code compliant
- Non-rated refrigerators must be labeled that they are not safe for flammable storage (EHS can provide these labels).
- Equipment must only be used for purposes it was intended.
- Extension cords should not substitute for permanent wiring.
- In sprinkler equipped buildings nothing may be stored within 18 inches of the ceiling unless the storage unit is adjacent to the wall.
- Chemical fume hoods should have current inspection stickers and sash should be closed as much as possible.
- Hazard signs posted on doors should be current and correct.
- It is preferable for labs to maintain an item by item chemical inventory.
- Glass chemical bottles should not be stored on the floor.
- There should not be unattended hazardous operations.
- Cylinders must be secured.
- There should only be one cylinder in use and one spare in the lab; all extras should be stored in a holding area.
- There should be no propane or other liquefied flammable gas in the building other than small cylinders (16 oz) and the very small units temporarily supplied to labs while building natural gas supplies are being tested or repaired.
- Gas cylinders (especially flammable ones) should not be stored near lab exit doors.
- No exposed wiring or ungrounded circuits.
- All chemical containers should be labeled.
- Chemicals should be dated when received and opened.
- No lab equipment or chemicals in corridors.
Information obtained from the State Fire Marshall’s Office. Distribution of Information Endorsed by the Research Safety Advisory Committee.