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What do your fire codes not allow?
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I've been reading on different boards about rugs not being allowed due to fire codes. I'm wondering what other rules your school/district have in regards to fire codes. I'm realizing that my school is pretty lenient!!

We can't have:

candles/flames (though I'm not actually sure if that also applies to teacher-done science experiments since I'm new there)
things closer than 18 inches to the ceiling on the walls

things hanging from the ceiling are limited to one per student (so I could have 25 things hang from mine). They can't block line of sight and must be at least 18 inches from the ceiling.

The 18 inch rule is so that if the water sprinklers go off they can hit the paper....due to angle they only hit 18 inches down and farther.

However, I find a lot of classes don't follow the 18 inches and it hasn't been a problem.

And then the obvious, like doors can't be blocked for exits.


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Compared to what I have been reading here on PT, our fire codes seems pretty light.

Nothing can hang from the ceiling
Doors must be closed.... no door stops
No candles
No extension cords
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Not too much on the walls
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We have many of the same rules that you do. We also have a restriction about how much we are allowed to have on the walls (not bulletin boards). But it has always been very vague. Our building supervisor just comes in and occaisionally will ask a teacher to remove some items from the wall, but that hasn't happened in a while. I am always aware of this issue when I start setting up my classroom.
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Nothing hanging from the ceiling
Only 20% of our walls can be covered
Nothing blocking doors or windows
No Germ-X
No clorox Wipes
No Cleaning products
It you have a spray bottle of water it MUST read WATER clearly
No candles, plug ins, etc.

The list goes on and on!
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:48 AM
 
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Wow, the only thing I can think of is doors must be closed.
We have rugs, things hanging from ceilings, no regulations for things on walls, extension cords are fine. I suppose we can't have candles, that's just common sense.


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Old 08-03-2009, 09:55 AM
 
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Nothing against the wall from classroom door to outside door. No furniture/pillows/beanbags not bought by the school with the tag on it. Only 20% paper covering walls. Nothing on ceilings.
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:11 AM
 
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Our code is similar to a lot of the post of here
Nothing hanging from the ceiling
Nothing covering the windows on our doors
Only 20% of the walls can be covered
Only approved extension cords
Cord covers must be on all cords that are on the floor
No candles
Computers may only be plugged into specific outlets (they painted them blue) and nothing else can be plugged into these outlets.
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Our's is pretty strict. No toasters, microwaves, hot plates, coffee makers. If you have a refrigerator it must be labeled "For Food use ONLY." Nothing hanging from the ceilings. Anything on the walls or shelves must be below 24". No extension cords. Our K rooms had to reduce stuff by 40% last spring. We can prop our doors with a milk jug filled with sand (something that can be quickly pushed out of the way).

The hallways have to be clear of furniture, etc..., and doorways cannot be blocked. We were first told we couldn't hang artwork on hallway walls, but it wasn't a problem when the inspector came last time.
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Nothing that is considered "household items" are allowed in the classroom including any type of appliances, rugs, furniture, lamps, etc. Only materials that are from "school supply" type companies are Ok- particularly rugs and bookcases. We can't even buy spray retardant to put on objects to let them pass inspection. Only temporary objects can be hanging from the ceiling, and you keep your fingers crossed there won't be a firedrill! Every since the fire in the nightclub in RI several years ago, our fire dept is extremely strict (and I don't live in RI).
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