Fire and Life Safety Policy
Issued August 5, 2005
Table of Contents
.040 Enforcement Actions
It is the policy of Kansas State University to provide and maintain safe conditions and to follow the operating practices that safeguard all employees, students and visitors. The purpose of the Fire and Life Safety Policy is to provide a safe environment for the University community through compliance with the State of Kansas Fire and Life Safety Codes as adopted by the Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office (KSFMO).
The goals of the policy are: to encourage safe practices and living habits throughout the University, thereby reducing the threat of injury to employees, students, and visitors; to reduce the risk to property; and to mitigate the effects in the event of a fire by reducing the incidence and degree of injuries and loss of property. To accomplish these goals, this policy defines the responsibility, means, methods and authority of individuals and University units that deal with Fire and Life Safety Code compliance issues internally and with the Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office.
Personnel of the University Fire Marshal's Office conduct inspections throughout the year with the goal to improve safety for building occupants and to reduce the number of violations that the KSFMO identifies. These personnel also encourage and assist in fire prevention, life safety education and training efforts, oversee the reviews of plans for all new structures and remodeling from the standpoint of fire protection, life safety and applicable code compliance, assist in the development of appropriate fire protection standards/guidelines, interpret applicable fire and life safety codes, regulations, and laws, and act in an advisory capacity on fire protection and life safety matters to the faculty, staff and students. Any faculty, staff, or student should report any situation that seems in violation of the Life Safety Code.
The KSFMO number one concern is protecting lives. In this endeavor, the policy encourages proper storage of combustible materials and maintaining safe egress paths. Violations of these concerns are explained in the written policy. The written policy also describes actions of the University Fire Marshal's Office. A complete copy of the document is available from the Division of Public Safety.
The State Fire Marshal can impose fines on the University for repeat violations. A $1,000 penalty may be assessed or a "cease and desist order" will be issued if a violation is not corrected after a "second notice" letter.
Questions are to be directed to the Division of Public Safety, telephone number (785)532-5856.