University of Kentucky

The proposed location of the tent must be approved by the Director of the Student Center (257-5781). A signed copy of this policy must be returned to the Student Center Director's Office. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all listed requirements for tents are incorporated into the setup of the tent. The tent is subject to a compliance inspection by the University Fire Marshal's Office. A tent found not to be in compliance is subject to closure for usage. The organization/department is responsible for the tent and the tent contents meeting the following requirements.
  • NFPA 701 for flame retardness (and must have label as such) or equivalent approval. (For classifications other than NFPA 701, documentation must be provided.)
  • No hay, straw, shavings or similar combustible materials are permitted within the tent.
  • At least one (1) five-pound all-purpose fire extinguisher (ABC) must be provided by the applicant.
  • Cooking is not permitted within tent without prior authorization of the University Fire Marshal.
  • Electrical supply must be installed by a licensed electrician and inspected by a certified electrical inspector. The inspection sticker must be posted on the temporary panel.
  • When the side flaps of tents are utilized and the occupant load is 50 or more, two exits must be provided and identified with internally illuminated exit signs. In addition, emergency lighting is required.
  • Tents must be erected to meet the manufacturer's specifications. This includes normal stability of the tent and resistance to wind.
  • Support stakes must have end covers (caps).
  • Anchoring ropes must be flagged to be recognizable.
  • All pressurized cylinders shall be secure.
  • Aisles and exits must be maintained free of obstructions.
  • Tent must be wheelchair accessible.
  • When port-a-johns are provided, at least one (1) unit must be wheelchair accessible.
  • Arrangements must be made to dispose of all trash. Charcoals must be submerged in water before disposal.
  • Open flames are not permitted without prior authorization from the University Fire Marshal's office.
  • Comfort heating devices shall be pre-approved by the University Fire Marshal's office.
  • There must be at least 10 feet of clear and unobstructed space between adjoining tents.

Questions concerning this Policy may be addressed to the University Fire Marshal at (859) 257-6326.

Name of Organization: ____________________________
Applicant (Printed Name): _________________________
Signature of Applicant: ____________________________ Phone: _______________________
Address: _______________________ City/State/Zip: _________________________________
Location of Tent: ________________________ Date of Tent Usage: _____________________

Fire Marshal

Last Updated 09-09-2004
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