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Fire Alarm Panel: Simplex 4100 U Voice Fire Alarm

General Description: This voice fire alarm system, in addition to providing notification and voice direction during a fire alarm, provides a public address function that can effectively be used to communicate to all of the building’s occupants for any type of emergency, even when building evacuation is not needed.  Fire alarm devices include addressable manual pull stations, smoke and/or heat detection in corridors, common areas and mechanical spaces, visual/audible notification devices and integrated detection devices that monitor related systems such as fire sprinkler systems.  Each residence sleeping area is equipped with an addressable smoke detector/sounder base, which sounds in the room to alert the occupant to a possible fire condition.  All alarm conditions sound at the building alarm panel and at the monitoring station located at the University’s police communications center.

Fire Alarm Testing/Inspection/Maintenance: Individual components of the fire alarm system are inspected and tested biannually, as well as maintained by SimplexGrinnell-certified fire alarm technicians in accordance with NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code.




Type of System: Combination automatic sprinkler and standpipe system monitored by the fire alarm system. The system is supported by a fire pump.

Coverage: Building is fully sprinklered in accordance with NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. Standpipes have been installed to permit the fire department to connect hoses for fire suppression operations.

Automatic Sprinkler System Inspection: The automatic sprinkler system is inspected annually, by NICET-certified inspection technicians, in accordance with NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems.




Portable Fire Extinguishers: Fire extinguishers are located throughout the building in accordance with NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers.

Portable Fire Extinguisher Inspections: Fire extinguishers located in residence halls are inspected monthly by the Office of Environmental Health & Safety. Annual inspection and maintenance is conducted by a qualified vendor in accordance with NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers.



Fire Doors:  This building is equipped with self closing fire doors that must be kept closed at all times.

Smoke Control Doors:  There are no smoke control doors in this building.




Drills: Residence Halls are required to have two fire/evacuation drills conducted each semester, the first occurring within the first three (3) weeks of the semester.  All drills, which are unannounced and random, are evaluated by both the Office of Environmental Health & Safety and Housing & Residential Services staff.

Evacuation Plans:  Emergency evacuation plans have been posted in the corridors to allow occupants to familiarize themselves with paths to the closest exit from the floor or building.