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Fire Prevention & Protection Program

Last Updated: 4/11/2017

The Department of Safety and Risk Management works collarobatively with Facilities Management and Campus Police on Fire Safety initiaitives. Select from the categories below for more information. 

Note: Training Ship Golden Bear (TSGB) is regulated under MARAD. For operations pertaining to the TSGB  -  Refer to Shoreside Administration Manual (SAM) and Vessel Operations Manual (VOM).


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Large fire

  • Pull the fire alarm and call for help.
    • Campus phones: 911
    • Other phones: 911
  • Alert people in the area to begin evacuation. Assist those with disabilities.
  • Close doors to confine the fire.
  • Go to your designated assembly area, away and upwind from the building.
  • Have people who know about the nature and location of the fire assist emergency personnel when they arrive

Small fire

  • Pull the fire alarm and call for help.
    • Campus phones:  Dial 911
    • Other phones: Dail 911
  • Alert people in the area to begin evacuation. Assist those with disabilities.
  • If you know how to use a fire extinguisher and have a clear exit path behind you, bring the extinguisher within 6 feet of the fire.
  • Use the P-A-S-S procedure to operate the extinguisher:
     See the fire extinguisher training video to learn more:

After the fire has been completely extinguished:

  • Report used extinguishers immediately. Facilities Management Service Referral Desk, (707) 654-1120
  • If injuries or damage occurred, notify the Risk Management Office, (707) 654-1076

Follow these building evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency:

1. Safely Stop Your Work.

  • Shut down equipment that could become unstable or present a hazard.
  • Gather your personal belongings such as glasses, prescription medication, keys, and purse.

2. Leave the building through the nearest door with an EXIT sign.

  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • Go to the nearest safe stairway.
  • Help those who need special assistance, such as those with restricted or limited mobility.
  • Touch closed doors before opening. If the surface is hot, DO NOT open — use another exit route.
  • Close, but do not lock, all doors as you leave.

3. Report to your designated assembly area.

  • Stay in your designated outdoor assembly area for a head count.
  • Report any missing individuals and last known locations to emergency responders.
  • Notify emergency responders about sensitive research, operating equipment, animals left in buildings, etc.

4. Wait for instructions from emergency responders.

  • Remain outside at your designated assembly area.
  • DO NOT reenter the building until authorized to do so by an appropriate authority (police, fire department, etc.).

Learn about your emergency exit routes now.

All Cal Maritime departments have an Emergency Action Plan specific to the building or facility for clearing all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

  • Check the emergency evacuation plan posted in your building.
  • Find the outside assembly area for your work group.
  • Read your department's Emergency Action Plan.

Learn how to safely assist and evacuate people with disabilities during an emergency.

Develop a department Emergency Action Plan

Every Cal Maritime department must have an Emergency Action Plan with evacuation procedures for students, faculty, staff, and visitors from the building or facility. Ask your Department leadership for a copy of your department's Emergency Action Plan, specific to your work location.

  • Determine who will assist students, patrons, and visitors with restricted or limited mobility.
  • Identify areas of refuge* in your building.

* An area of refuge is a building location where people can wait for emergency assistance when evacuation may not be safe or possible. Emergency exit corridors and smoke-protected stairwells are resistant to fire and smoke for approximately 2 hours. They are the safest areas during an emergency evacuation. Rescue personnel are instructed to check all exit corridors and stairwells first for any stranded persons.

Identify and plan for individuals who may need special assistance.

Request that individuals who feel they may need special assistance self-identify so arrangements can be made in advance to meet their needs.     

Note: Emergency Services recommends that departments maintain a personal emergency information form for each staff member. Include on the form a question regarding the need for special evacuation assistance.

Note:  that individuals with unobservable disabilities may or may not self-identify before an emergency. These individuals may need additional help during emergency situations.

Such disabilities may include:

  • A learning disability
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cardiac condition
  • Chronic back problems
  • Psychological disabilitiee

Prepare a personal evacuation plan for individuals requiring special assistance during an evacuation. Incorporate the recommendations on this page, and include:

  • Intended route and means of evacuation
  • Who will assist them
  • Areas of refuge where they can wait for assistance
  • Update your department Emergency Action Plan annually to accurately describe:
  • The number of people with disabilities who may require special assistance during an evacuation
  • Their primary work location

Establish a buddy system.

  • Assign 2 or more staff members who are willing and able to assist a colleague with a disability during evacuation.
  •  Identify and train assistants so at least 1 trained assistant is always present.
  • Identify individuals with disabilities and the people assigned to assist them in the departmental Emergency Action Plan.

Prepare ahead of time.

Each Department will colloborate with the Campus Police and the Department of Safety and RIsk Management to prearrange appropriate evacuation procedures and routes with individuals having disabilities and the people assigned to assist them.

  • If they are on the ground floor, most people with disabilities will be able to exit safely without assistance. However, it is important to verify that individuals using any kind of assistive device are capable of successfully leaving the building, unassisted, via emergency routes.

·         Consider recommendations for specific disabilities when developing an evacuation plan:

  •  Low vision or blindness
  •  Deaf or hard of hearing
  •  Crutches, canes, or walkers
  •  Wheelchairs (non-ambulatory)

·         Make sure everyone knows:

  • The evacuation route and outdoor assembly area
  •  Areas of refuge for the building

·         Have everyone involved practice the evacuation plan.This is the best way to discover unanticipated issues and solve them before — instead of during — an emergency.

Know how to help people with low vision or blindness.

Tips for assisting an individual with low vision or blindness during an evacuation:

  • Tell the person the nature of the emergency and offer your arm for guidance. This is the preferred method when acting as a "sighted guide."
  • Give verbal instructions to advise about the safest route or direction, using estimated distances and directional terms.
  • As you walk, tell the person where you are and where obstacles are located.
  • When you reach safety, orient the person to their surroundings and ask if they need further assistance.
  • Ensure that a service animal is not separated from its master, if possible.

Know how to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Tips for  people who are deaf or hard of hearing may not perceive the audible fire alarm during an emergency. Use an alternative warning system, such as:

  • Write a note to tell the person of the situation, the nearest evacuation route, and where to meet outside. (Sample script: "FIRE! Go out the rear door on your right. NOW. Meet outside on the front lawn.")
  • Turn the light switch on and off to gain their attention, and then indicate through gestures or in writing what is happening and what to do. Do not use the light switch technique if you smell natural gas in the area.
  • Give visual instructions to advise about the safest route or direction by pointing toward exits or evacuation maps.
  • Ensure that a service animal is not separated from its master, if possible.

Know how to help people using crutches, canes, or walkers.

  • Ask the person how you can best assist them in evacuating the area.
  • Consider the evacuation options and the suitability of carrying the person. Carrying options include:
  • Using a 2-person, lock-arm position
  • Having the individual sit on a sturdy chair (preferably with arms) that is then lifted and carried
  • Read about Evacuation chairs below for more information on safely transporting non-ambulatory individuals during an evacuation.
  •  Assist mobility-restricted people to an area of refuge or out of the building.

Know how to help people who use wheelchairs.

Tips for assisting people who use wheelchairs:

· DO NOT  lift an individual in a wheelchair. There is too much risk involved for both the lay rescuer and the non-ambulatory person (back injury, loss of control of the wheelchair and person in it, tripping, falling).

Note: Wheelchairs have many movable or weak parts that are not constructed to withstand the stress of lifting (e.g., the seat bar, foot plates, wheels, movable arm rests, etc.).

· Read about Evacuation chairs below for more information on safely transporting non-ambulatory individuals during an evacuation.

·  Be aware that some individuals in wheelchairs may have:

  • Minimal ability to move, and lifting them may be dangerous to their well-being
  • Very little upper trunk and neck strength
  • Respiratory conditions and/ or equipment that increase their vulnerability to smoke, vapors, or other airborne toxicants.

·  Always ask the person having a disability what their needs and preferences are regarding:

  • Ways of being moved
  • Whether to extend or move extremities when lifting because of pain, braces, etc.
  • Whether a seat cushion or pad should be brought along
  • Aftercare, if the individual will be removed from the wheelchair

·  If an individual is lifted from a wheelchair during evacuation:

  • Ask others to bring the wheelchair.
  • When the wheelchair is left behind, remove it from the stairwell and ensure it does not obstruct exit routes.
  • Ensure that a service animal is not separated from its master, if possible.
  • Reunite the person with the wheelchair as soon as possible. 

Know what to do during an evacuation.

  • Check the intended evacuation route for obstacles, if possible. Remember: smoke, debris, flooding, loss of electricity, or other impediments may be present.
  • Move people who are unable to leave the building to an area of refuge.

Possibilities include:

  • Most enclosed stairwells
  • An adjoining building behind fire doors
  • An office with a closed door, located a safe distance from the hazard
  • Exit balconies and corridors
  • Assist individuals who are able to leave the building, following your planned evacuation route, if possible. DO NOT use elevators.
  • Report to your designated assembly area for a head count.
  • Notify emergency responders immediately about the location and condition of any people remaining in the building.
  • DO NOT reenter the building until authorized to do so by an appropriate authority such as police, fire department, etc.

Barbecue Use and Storage

Read about prohibitions and restrictions for use and storage of barbecues in Cal Maritime facilities.


Charcoal barbecues are prohibited in all facilities.

Restricted Use

Barbecues and cooking devices may be used when these use and storage requirements are met:

·         Use only barbecues that operate with:

  • LPG (liquefied petroleum gas, or propane)
  • A UL-listed gas regulator
  • Burners in good working condition

·         DO NOT use barbecues above the ground floor of facilities.

·         Operate barbecues at least 10 feet away from buildings and any combustible materials.

·          DO NOT leave lit barbecues unattended.

Storage requirements

·         DO NOT store barbecues or fuel:

  • Inside living spaces
  • On balconies or above ground patios

·         Close LP or CNG (compressed natural gas) cylinder tank valves when not in use to prevent gas discharge or leaks.

Decorative candles and open flames

Decorative candles with open flames are prohibited in facilities with few exceptions.


Cal Maritime Residential Life offices strictly prohibit candles and other open flames in campus residential buildings.


  • Food services: Enclosed votive candles are allowed as table decorations, as used by Cal Maritime Academy Catering and the Faculty Club.
  • Processions or vigils: These events must use candles with drip guards, and participants must remain on non-combustible surfaces for the duration of the procession. Extinguish candles prior to entering any university buildings.
  • Religious purposes: Exceptions made for recognized religious or festive uses of open flames require permission from the Fire Marshal.
  • Research laboratories: Approved laboratory spaces may operate attended open flame devices, such as Bunsen burners, for research purposes.


Holiday Decorating Guidelines

Festive decorations in the workplace add to the joy of the holiday season. But improper use can result in fires or electrical accidents.

Decorative materials

·         Decorative materials are  NOT permitted to obstruct exit signs, fire alarms, extinguishers, sprinkler heads, or hose cabinets. Best locations:

  • Reception areas
  • Lobbies
  • Foyers
  • Break rooms

·         All decorative materials, including trees, tree cuttings, artificial greenery, hay, straw, curtains, drapes, hangings, etc., must qualify as one of the following:

  • Noncombustible (not all artificial trees are!)
  • Inherently flame retardant (the label will say so)
  • Treated with a flame retardant solution by a licensed treatment vendor


  • When selecting a natural tree, test for freshness and non-combustibility.
  • To test for freshness, lift the cut tree a couple of inches off the ground and bring it down abruptly on the stump end. The outer needles should not fall off in substantial numbers. Inner needles do turn brown and shed naturally each year.
  • Buy a tree that's treated with a flame retardant solution. If you're unsure whether the tree has been treated or not, have it processed by a licensed treatment vendor.
  • Mount the tree securely in a stand with a water reservoir. Add fresh water daily.
  • Remove trees immediately upon any signs of dryness (brittleness, loss of color, falling needles). While freshly-cut trees have some natural flame-resistance due to their high moisture content, they soon become extremely flammable when brought inside.
  • Consumer-applied flame-retardant coatings DO NOT extend the length of time a tree should be permitted indoors.
  • Remove natural trees from the building prior to any extended period of vacancy.


  • Open flames and candles may not be used as decorations in the workplace.
  • Use indirect lighting for your decorations whenever possible.
  • Natural trees or nonmetallic artificial trees may be decorated with electrical lights. Never use electrical decorations or devices on metallic trees.
  • Use only UL-listed light sets that are in perfect condition. Examine holiday lights carefully. If you find any of the following conditions, do not attempt repairs — discard the lights immediately. The cost of new lights is small compared to the increased risk of fire from damaged (even if repaired) wiring.

DO NOT use strings of lights with:

  • Broken, frayed, or exposed wires
  • Bulbs broken off in the socket
  • Loose connections
  • Holes from having been tacked or stapled in the past

·         Consider LED lights. They dissipate less energy in the form of heat because they use light-emitting diode instead of incandescent bulbs. That makes them less likely to cause a fire, and the reduced power consumption is better for the environment and your pocketbook. While their initial purchase price may be higher, they cost significantly less to run.

·         If you install lights, be sure to assign a staff member to turn them off at the end of the day.

Extension cords

  • Extension cords are permitted for temporary use only.
  • Make sure extension cords are in good condition and UL-listed.
  • The extension cord wire should be equal to or larger than the wire you plug into it. If in doubt, use a heavy-duty cord.
  • Never tack or staple an extension cord to the wall or woodwork — it could damage the cord and create a fire hazard.
  • Make sure cords do not create trip hazards.
  • Read electrical safety guidelines for more information.

 Hot Work Safety Program

See requirements for performing hot work during maintenance and construction activities at Cal Maritime. The program does not cover use of candles, laboratory activities, pyrotechnics or special effects, and cooking equipment. 

Hot work requirements apply to all Cal Maritime employees, students, and volunteers whose activities involve hot work at Cal Maritime.

Hot work refers to operations that are capable of initiating fires or explosions. Hot work includes (but is not limited to):



Arc cutting



Oxygen cutting

Hot riveting

Heat treating

Powder-actuated tool


Thermal spraying

Torch down roofing


Perform hot work operations only in designated areas or permit-required areas.

·         A designated area is a permanent hot work location. Designated areas are essentially free of combustible and flammable contents and are segregated from adjacent areas.

                                    Examples: a maintenance shop or a detached outside location constructed of noncombustible or fire-resistive materials.

·         A permit-required area is an area made fire-safe by removing or protecting combustibles from ignition sources.

Hot work is NOT allowed in:

  • Buildings with fire sprinklers if the fire protection system is impaired
  • Areas where explosive or potentially explosive atmospheres are present (e.g., on drums or tanks previously containing solvents or other combustible or flammable materials, high or low pressure gas lines, etc.)
  • Areas with an accumulation of combustible dusts where explosive atmospheres can develop (e.g., wood working dust collection systems)

Hot Work Permits

Hot Work Permits are issued annually to the Campus by the fire marshal. Applicable fire codes and basic operational instructions are printed on the blanket permit. The Hot Work Safety Checklist provides staff with a quick reference.

Hot Work Permits  are maintained by the department authorizing specific hot work activities. Before hot work operations begin in a permit-required area, a Hot Work Permit must be issued to the crew performing the work and a Hot Work Activity Log must be prepared by the department management or qualified designee.

The Hot Work Permit is valid for the day's activity (not to exceed 24 hours).

Conditions for hot work

Before hot work begins

Hot work is allowed only in fire-safe areas. (See "Where hot work may be performed" above.) The following conditions must be confirmed by the CHWS before hot work operations can commence:

  • Make sure equipment to be used (e.g., welding equipment, shields, personal protective equipment, fire extinguishers, etc.) is in satisfactory operating condition and good repair.
  • Sweep the floor clean for a radius of 35 feet if combustible materials such as paper or wood shavings are present.
  • Keep combustible floors (except wood on concrete) either wet, covered with damp sand, or protected by noncombustible or fire-retardant shields, blankets, pads, and/or curtains.

Note: Where floors have been wet down, personnel operating arc welding or cutting equipment must be properly grounded and equipped with spark arrestors protected from possible shock or flash burns.

  • Move combustible materials at least 35 feet away from hot work operations. If relocation is impractical, protect combustibles with fire-retardant covers, shields, blankets, or curtains. Edges of covers at the floor must be tight to prevent sparks from going under them, including where several covers overlap when protecting a large pile.
  • Tightly cover openings or cracks in walls, floors, or ducts within 35 feet of the site with fire-retardant or noncombustible material to prevent the passage of sparks to adjacent areas.
  • Provide fire-retardant shields or guards to prevent ignition if hot work is done near walls, partitions, ceilings, or roofs of combustible construction.
  • Take precautions to prevent ignition of combustibles on the other side of walls, partitions, ceilings, or roofs where hot work will be performed by relocating them. If it's impractical to relocate combustibles, post a hot work fire           watch on the opposite side from the work. (See "Hot work fire watch" below.)  
  • Do Not attempt hot work on a partition, wall, ceiling, or roof that has a combustible covering or insulation, or on walls or partitions of combustible sandwich-type panel construction.
  • Do Not perform hot work on pipes or other metal that is in contact with combustible walls, partitions, ceilings, roofs, or other combustibles if the work is close enough to cause ignition by conduction.
  • Make immediately available at the work area 2 fully charged and operable fire extinguishers appropriate for the type of possible fire. Extinguishers should be supplied by the group performing the hot work.

Note: Fire extinguishers normally located in a building do not fulfill this requirement.

  • Take special precautions to avoid accidental operation of automatic fire detection or suppression systems (for example, special extinguishing systems or sprinklers). Lay wet rags over sprinkler heads that are close to hot work operations. Remove rags when hot work is completed.
  • Protect nearby personnel from welding fume particulates, heat, sparks, and slag.

Hot Work Fire Watch

The department manager or qualified designee will determine when specific circumstances require a hot work fire watch. A "hot work fire watch" is an individual posted in specific circumstances to observe the hot work and monitor conditions to ensure that a fire or explosion does not occur. The hot work fire watch is authorized to stop any unsafe operation or activity.

Duties and responsibilities for hot work fire watch personnel include:

  • Watch for fires, smoldering material, or other signs of combustion.
  • Be aware of the inherent hazards of the work site and hot work.
  • Ensure that safe conditions are maintained during hot work operations. Stop the hot work if unsafe conditions develop.
  • Have appropriate fire extinguishing equipment readily available and be trained in its use.
  • Be familiar with the facilities and procedures for initiating an emergency response.
  • Extinguish fires only within the capacity of available equipment. If the fire is beyond the capacity of the equipment and personnel training, pull the fire alarm to notify building occupants, evacuate the building, call the Campus Police 911 from a safe  area, and provide incident-specific information to arriving emergency responders.
  • Maintain hot work fire watch duties during break periods.
  • Continue a hot work fire watch for at least 30 minutes after completion of hot work to detect and extinguish smoldering fires.

More than one hot work fire watch is required if combustible materials that could be ignited by hot work operations cannot be directly observed by a single fire watch (e.g., in adjacent rooms or subsequent floors where hot  work is performed on a common wall).

Work Closeout

  • Maintain a hot work fire watch for at least 30 minutes after completion of hot work operations to detect and extinguish smoldering fires.
  • The CHWS or qualified designee will inspect the job site 30 minutes after completion of hot work and close out the Hot Work Permit/Activity Log with the time and date of the final check.
  • Keep the Hot Work Permit and Activity Log for 1 year following completion of the project.

Competent Hot Work Supervisor (CHWS) responsibilities

The CHWS has the authority and responsibility to:

  • Authorize and manage assigned hot work activities
  • Alter or stop hot work activities that constitute unmanaged risk or can impact the safety of Cal Maritime personnel, property, or the environment

To qualify as a CHWS, a Cal Maritime employee must complete CHWS training (see "Training" below).

CHWS responsibilities include:

·         Establish permissible areas for hot work. (See "Where hot work may be performed" above.)

·         Ensure individuals involved in hot work operations are:

  • Familiar with the Cal Maritime Hot Work Safety Program
  • Trained in the safe operation of their equipment and processes, are aware of the risks involved, and understand emergency procedures in the event of a fire

·         Ensure only approved apparatus are used (i.e., torches, manifolds, regulators, and pressure reducing valves).

·         Determine if site-specific flammable materials, hazardous processes, or other potential fire hazards are present or likely to be present in the work location.

·         Ensure combustibles are protected from ignition by the following means:

  • Determine if hot work measures are legitimately needed or if alternative modifications or repairs can be used.
  • Move the work to a safer location free from combustibles.  
  • If the work cannot be moved, ensure combustibles are placed at a safe distance or are properly shielded, covered, or protected against ignition sources.
  • Schedule work so operations that could expose flammables or combustibles to ignition do not occur during hot work operations.
  • Stop hot work if any of these conditions cannot be met.

·         Ensure that:

  • Fire protection and extinguishing equipment are properly rated and readily available
  • Adequate ventilation is provided to prevent accumulation of smoke and fumes
  • A hot work fire watch is posted at the site when hot work is performed in a location where a fire might develop, or where the following conditions exist:  
  • Combustible materials in building construction or contents are closer than 35 feet to the point of hot work
  • Combustible materials are more than 35 feet away but are easily ignited by sparks
  • Wall or floor openings are within 35 feet and expose combustible materials in adjacent areas, including combustible materials concealed in walls or floors
  • Combustible materials are adjacent to the opposite side of partitions, walls, ceilings, or roofs and are likely to be ignited

·         Conduct a final inspection of work areas where a hot work fire watch is not required to confirm safe operational conditions are returned and in place.

Hot Work Operator (HWO) responsibilities

A Hot Work Operator (HWO) is an individual designated to perform hot work under the authorization of a CHWS. HWOs are responsible for:

  • Handling hot work equipment safely and performing work so as not to impact the safety of personnel, property, or the environment
  • Obtaining a Hot Work Permit  before hot work begins
  • Stopping hot work operations if unsafe conditions develop
  • Notifying the CHWS for situation reassessment in the event of suspected unsafe conditions or concerns expressed by affected persons

Contractors' Responsibilities

Contractors conducting hot work activities on Cal Maritime property should:

  • Provide the name of their CHWS to the campus project manager or superintendent
  • Perform hot work with guidance and training from a written program and in conformance with National Fire Protection Association 51B
  • Protect the general public at or near construction sites and projects from welding arcs and fumes
  • Protect existing buildings and mechanical systems from damage due to hot work activities

Confined spaces 

Hot work operations in confined spaces require additional safeguards. Specifically address safeguards in the designated work area or in the contractor's Confined Spaces policy.


Hot work on and near building systems and piping may require additional safeguards. Address safeguards in the designated work area or in the contractor's Control of Hazardous Energy - Lockout/Tagout policy.


Cal Maritime supervisors are responsible for ensuring employees who oversee hot work activities complete Competent Hot Work Safety Supervisor (CHWSS) training administered by the Department of Safety & Risk Management.

CHWSS training must include:

  • Cal Maritime Hot Work Safety Supervisor training
  • Complete the Hot Work with Arc Welding eCourse on the CSU Learning Center.
  • Roles and responsibilities of individuals involved in hot work activities performed on Cal Maritime property
  • Procedures for issuing and using the Cal Maritime Hot Work Permit and Activity Log

How to Get the Training

Contact the Department of Safety & Risk Management.

·         California Code of Regulations Title 8 Section 4848, Fire Prevention in Welding and Cutting Operations

·         Cal Maritime, Fire/Life Safety Program

·         National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 51B 2009 Edition Standards for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting and Other Hot Work

·         NFPA 241 2009 Edition Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration and Demolition Operations



Hoverboard Fire Safety

Learn about hoverboard associated injuries and fires.

Cal Maritime is currently monitoring news reports pertaining to self-balancing scooters, also known as "hoverboards", and the fire safety issues associated with these devices. The following information furnished by the California State Fire Marshal provides guidance on the purchase, use and care of hoverboards.

When shopping for a hoverboard:

  • Take the time to research the product you buy.
  • When buying online, verify that the hoverboard meets applicable standards.
  • Devices that meet safety requirements will indicate their listing approvals on the packaging, on the hoverboard and/or its charging equipment.
  • Buy a hoverboard with a warranty from a reputable source.
  • Check with your retailer regarding the safety of the hoverboard you are purchasing.

When charging your hoverboard:

  • An adult should be responsible for charging the hoverboard.
  • Read and follow all manufacturer directions.
  • DO NOT overcharge the hoverboard; follow manufacturer's recommended charging times.
  • After the hoverboard has been used, give it time to cool prior to re-charging.
  • DO NOT leave the hoverboard unattended while charging.
  • Never leave the hoverboard plugged in overnight.
  • Plug the charging device directly into an outlet. Keep to one plug per outlet. Only use the charging cord that came with the hoverboard.

When operating your hoverboard:

  • Operate the hoverboard in accordance with its intended use.
  • If you notice the hoverboard is hot, stop using it and contact the manufacturer or retailer. This could suggest a faulty battery that needs replacing.
  • Store the hoverboard at room temperature. Extreme hot or cold temperature can hurt the battery.
  • Wear appropriate safety equipment; similar to when riding a bicycle.
  • DO NOT text or operate a cell phone while using a hoverboard.

When traveling with your hoverboard:

  • Many airlines have banned hoverboards. If you plan to fly with a hoverboard, be sure to check with your air carrier.
  • When riding in a car, keep the hoverboard where you can see it in case it shows signs of a problem.

Signs of a Problem:

  • Leaking fluids
  • Excessive heat
  • Odor
  • Sparking
  • Smoke

If you notice any of these signs, stop using the hoverboard right away. Call CMPD 1-1-1-1. If safe to do so, move the hoverboard to the outside and away from anything that can burn.

Laboratory Fire Safety Inspection

Learn what inspectors look for and how to prepare your lab.

What to expect

The campus fire marshal is responsible for conducting fire inspections of all occupied campus facilities, including laboratories. Inspections focus on compliance with fire and life safety regulations including Title 19 of the California Code of Regulations and the California Fire Code, as well as campus policies. Fire inspections will not include a fire drill or interfere with research/instruction.

How to prepare

·         See laboratory fire safety inspections to learn what inspectors look for and how to prepare your lab.

·         Chemical storage and inventory guidelines & keeping inventories within fire code limits

·         Compressed gas

·         Flammable and combustible liquids

CFC Chemical Allowance

Inspectors look for:

·         Compliance with California Fire Code (CFC) chemical allowances within the building.

Keep inventories within fire code limits.

Fire code limits differ by building, building floor, or a defined storage. In some cases, these limits are subject to building occupancy, control areas, maximum allowable quantity and other circumstances. See chemical storage and inventory guidelines (fire code limits) for a description of variables that determine chemical allowances for each building. View and export uniform fire code summaries and details by building.

Contact the Department of Safety & Risk Management  to obtain more information about chemical storage allowances for your facility.

Inspectors look for:

·         Incompatible chemicals are segregated and labeled

·         Proper storage of high hazard materials

Segregate incompatible chemicals to prevent accidental mixing which could cause fire, explosion, or toxic gases.

Follow Cal Maritime chemical storage and inventory guidelines for safely and securely managing chemical supplies and complying with fire code requirements. Implement special storage requirements for high hazard materials. Learn more about chemical compatibility guidelinesorganic peroxide formers and pyrophorics and other highly reactive materials.

Note: Pyrophoric materials can only be stored and used in completely fire sprinkled buildings, per California Fire Code.

Inspectors look for:

  • Proper storage and use of compressed gases
  • Special precautions for flammable, oxidizing, or corrosive gases

Follow requirements for compressed gases in Cal Maritime facilities.

When working with compressed gases you follow an approved hazard control plan (HCP) obtained through the Chemical Hazard Use Application (CHUA). Compressed gas safety requirements are determined by the hazard class of the gas. Check toxic and hazardous gas classification to determine the hazard class of your material. Then follow the appropriate requirements.

Note: Compressed gas cylinders must be secured at all times, whether empty or full. The image above illustrates properly secured cylinders.

Inspectors look for:

  • Modifications to wall or ceiling assemblies.
  • Breaches of fire-resistant construction

Keep walls and ceilings intact.

Some laboratories are constructed with fire-resistant barriers, such as walls and ceilings. These fire-rated constructions help prevent the spread of fire for a prescribed period of time. In case of a fire, displaced ceiling tiles or drilled holes compromise adjacent rooms and floors. Avoid making modifications to wall or ceiling assemblies. Any modifications (e.g., addition of a sink, running cable or wires, etc.) to a laboratory must be reviewed and approved by Facilities Management and Fire and Life Safety.

Inspectors look for:

  • Obstructions to exit corridors and aisles
  • Exit signage and emergency lighting
  • Fire doors propped open; dysfunctional closing mechanisms
  • Mechanical, electrical, custodian, and CORE spaces clearance
  • Breaches of fire-resistant construction

Learn what is permitted and prohibited in corridors to ensure building occupants have a clear pathway and safe exit in an emergency.

Cal Maritime has a strict policy for permissible and prohibited use of equipment and storage of materials in corridors and CORE spaces. 

Follow Cal Maritime corridor safety requirements.

  • Corridor: Any passageway connecting individual rooms and spaces to an exit door, stairwell, or other area of refuge
  • Equipment: Anything requiring electrical power to operate (copy machines, ATMs, vending machines), or which occupies a permanent footprint on the floor
  • Material: Other items such as file cabinets, desks, chairs

General Restrictions

In general, the following restrictions apply to all corridors:

  • Nothing may obstruct the required minimum width of a corridor.
  • Corridors may never be used as routine work spaces.

Note: Corridor safety requirements also apply to the pathway out of large rooms and laboratories. Unobstructed corridors are of little value if you can't get to them

Prohibited Equipment and Materials

Any equipment, material, or activity obstructing passage through a corridor is prohibited. Specifically prohibited equipment, materials, and activities are described below.

  • Maintain a clear area around corridor eye washes, emergency showers, and fire extinguishers. Anything that interferes with the use of corridor safety equipment is prohibited.
  • Never store or use hazardous materials in a corridor.
  • Examples of items that are not permitted include, but are not limited to:
  • Refrigerators
  • Copy machines
  • ATMs
  • Storage cabinets (metal or wood)
  • Cardboard or wooden boxes
  • Pallets of chemicals
  • Trash or recycling receptacles
  • Compressed gas cylinders containing toxic or flammable gases
  • Water bottles
  • Flammable liquid storage cabinets
  • Small cryogenic liquid dewars
  • Decorative materials
  • o    Read holiday decorating guidelines for more information.
  • ·         Remove unauthorized items promptly within the required timeframe:
  • Immediately if material is hazardous (compressed gases, hazardous chemicals, etc.)
  • Within 30 days if the item is non-hazardous

Equipment and Materials that May be Authorized and Permitted

Note: Only equipment or material authorized and tagged by Department of Safety & Risk Management may be placed in a corridor.

·         Authorized equipment and materials must meet the following criteria:

  • Conform with state fire marshal regulations
  • Be secured against movement during an earthquake
  • Be noncombustible or of limited combustibility

·         Equipment and materials that may be authorized by SRM include the following:

  • Metal file cabinets equipped with positive-locking drawers to prevent inadvertent opening during earthquakes

Bulletin boards that meet the following requirements:

  • Greater than 4 square feet must have frames and glass fronts
  • Greater than 9 square feet must have locking mechanisms in addition to frames and glass fronts

o    Pressurized containers of liquefied cryogenic gases (e.g., nitrogen) secured to the wall with a top-ring tether

o    Compressed inert gas cylinders, for storage only (e.g., argon, helium, neon, nitrogen, krypton, carbon dioxide), secured to a substantial, fixed surface with upper and lower chains

o    Review compressed gas guidelines for requirements.

Inspectors look for:

  • Frayed, cracked, or damaged electrical cords
  • Overloaded outlets and multi-plug adaptors
  • Uncovered outlets and electrical boxes
  • Extension cords
  • Obstructed or unlabeled electrical panels
  • Labeling and signage

Identify potential electrical problems and promptly resolve them.

  • Serious fire and shock hazards can result when electrical equipment is not maintained or properly used. Follow Cal Maritime electrical safety guidelines and reduce the possibility of fire or electrical shock.
  • Electrical Safety Guidelines
  • Electrical Safety for Trades Employees

Inspectors look for:

  • Doors from labs to exit corridors that are propped open
  • Maintenance of self-closing door and exit hardware
  • Un-secured equipment or furniture adjacent to exit doors

Keep exit doors closed, unobstructed, and operational.

Learn more about fire doors and how their special construction enables them to hold back smoke/fire long enough for people to evacuate during a fire emergency and limit damage to the building. 



Inspectors look for:

  • Extinguishers are in designated locations, visible and unobstructed
  • Extinguishers are operational and within service date range
  • Appropriate type of extinguishers for materials and processes

Make sure your lab's fire extinguisher is unobstructed and ready to use.

Use the fire extinguisher inspection checklist to perform a monthly inspection of your lab's extinguisher(s). See fire Extinguisher types and maintenance to learn about types of fire extinguishers, maintenance requirements, and how to get training.

  • Fire extinguisher types and maintenance
  • How to use an extinguisher
  • Fire extinguisher inspection checklist
  • Frequently asked questions about fire sprinklers
  • Fire extinguisher training

Note: Don't confuse ‘DRY CHEMICAL' with ‘DRY POWDER' (terms you see on extinguisher labels). Dry Chemical refers to agents that extinguish class A, B, and C fires, while Dry Powder refers to agents that extinguish class D fires.

Learn what inspectors look for and how to prepare your lab.

What to expect

The campus fire marshal is responsible for conducting fire inspections of all occupied campus facilities, including laboratories. Inspections focus on compliance with fire and life safety regulations including Title 19 of the California Code of Regulations and the California Fire Code, as well as campus policies. Fire inspections will not include a fire drill or interfere with research/instruction.

How to prepare

  • See laboratory fire safety inspections to learn what inspectors look for and how to prepare your lab.
  • Chemical storage and inventory guidelines & keeping inventories within fire code limits
  • Compressed gas
  • Flammable and combustible liquids


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