Future Health & Safety Projects

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Future Health & Safety Projects

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to call contact Kevin Fields, Health and Safety Officer, at(580) 327-8416, kgfields@nwosu.edu or send a Fax to(580) 327-8657.

The following are some of the projects that we will complete in the near future. If you have any questions about any of them, I'd be happy to answer them.

Smoke Alarms in the Dormitories

As many will have noticed, we installed temporary, 9 volt smoke alarms in all the dormitory rooms on our campus. This was a temporary measure to insure the safety of our students. Since then, our electricians have been installing permanent, 110 volt smoke alarms with 9 volt battery backups, to replace the temporary smoke alarms. In order to comply with NFPA 101 Life Safety Codes, these are being wired so that detection of smoke in one room in a suite area will sound an alarm in all rooms in the suite.

Our electricians have finished Coronado Hall, Ament Hall, and are most of the way through South Hall. They will be working in Fryer Hall later this summer.

Smoke Alarm Donation

As our electricians install the new permanent smoke alarms in the dorm rooms, they are removing the temporary smoke alarms. With the help of NWOSU Public Relations Director Steve Valencia, we are donating these smoke alarms to the Alva Fire Department, so that they can pass them along to needy families. These are available to anyone. If you don't have a smoke alarm in your home, please call the Alva Fire Department to receive yours for free. Be sure to put a fresh battery in your smoke alarm and install it. A properly installed smoke alarm will give you advance warning of a fire in your home, enabling you to get you and your family to safety.

Install your smoke alarm on the ceiling at least 4 inches from any wall, or on a wall, at least four inches from the ceiling, but not more than 12 inches from the ceiling. Avoid placing a smoke alarm in the kitchen, where cooking heat and fumes can adversely affect its operation. Also, do not locate a smoke alarm closer than 3 feet from the door to the kitchen or bathroom, or the registers of a central heating and cooling system. If you place your smoke alarm in a room with a sloped ceiling, be sure to place it at the high side of that room, since smoke rises. A good place to install your smoke detector would be in the hallway outside of sleeping areas.