Fire Code Regulations

The purpose of this section is to provide a guideline on required fire safety regulations applicable to day to day activities. The Kentucky Building Code (KBC) and the Kentucky Fire Prevention Code (FPC) should be consulted for detailed requirements.

A. Each chapter house must have a safety training class early in the fall semester. (Refer to attached
    training outline.) Upon request, the University Fire Marshal's office can assist in this training.

B. All fire suppression equipment must be inspected annually. (Refer to IV-F, for additional information.)

C. Fire drills and alarm tests must be conducted per University of Kentucky Policy. (Refer to

D. Storage is NOT permitted in mechanical rooms.

E. Stairwell fire doors and corridor doors must be maintained in an operable condition and must be

    self-closing and self-latching. These doors must be maintained in the closed position unless held open with magnetic door holders interconnected to the fire alarm system. If held open, a smoke detector is required on the topmost level of that stairwell.

F. Emergency lighting and exit signs must be maintained in an operative condition.

G. Fire alarm systems must NOT be deactivated for any reason. Should the need arise to

    disconnect the system for a particular occurrence, approval must be obtained from the University Fire Marshal (257-6326).

H. Means of egress (stairwells, corridors, passageways) must be maintained free of obstructions.

I. All decorations must comply with the decoration policy. (Refer to Section IV, Paragraph "M".)

J. Flammable liquids are NOT permitted inside the building (gasoline, paint thinner, charcoal

    lighter fluid, propane gas, etc.).

K. Candles are NOT permitted inside the building.

L. Cooking is only permitted in kitchens. (Refer to Section IV, Paragraph "K".)

M. Interior Finish

  1. All materials permanently attached to walls, such as paneling, shall be classified as being flame resistant by Underwriters Laboratory (U.L.). Certificates must be provided to the University Fire Marshal.
  2. Carpet is not permitted on walls.
  3. Non-permanently attached combustible materials that create a fire hazard in the opinion of the Fire Marshal must be removed or treated with a fire retardant chemical. Certification of treated materials must be provided to the University Fire Marshal.

N. All construction projects, whether minor or major, must be approved by the University Fire Marshal.

O. Chimneys and fireplaces must be cleaned annually. All fireplaces must be provided

    with a grate and a spark screen.

P. Emergency training instructions must be provided to all occupants of the house. This training must include

    the location of exits, proper response to a fire alarm, how to use a fire extinguisher, how to activate the fire alarm system, and list emergency numbers. Refer to the attached Training Outline for additional information. Upon request, the University Fire Marshal will assist with this training.

Q. Fire safety information must be posted in each student room. The posting must include a floor

    diagram showing the actual floor arrangement, exit locations, room identification and any necessary emergency evacuation information. (For an example of a posting that may be used, refer to the attached "Emergency Plans - Preparing for the Unexpected".)

Fire/Life Safety Regulations and Policies