University Housing Inspections
At the request of Campus Life and Greek Life, the NC State University Fire Marshal’s Office conducts fire and life safety inspections of all on-campus housing units, including residence halls, apartments and Greek houses. The inspections occur in the fall and spring semesters, beginning 10 days after the start of classes. Inspections look for issues related to fire and life safety code violations, violations of University Housing Community Standards and Guidelines, general housekeeping issues and health hazards.
If a violation is identified and, if the resident is present, the inspector discusses the violation with the resident and gives the resident the opportunity to resolve it immediately. The inspector documents the violation for reporting purposes, but the report states “corrected.” If the resident is not present at the time of inspection, the University Fire Marshal’s Office notifies the Resident Director in writing. The Resident Director or a Resident Advisor notifies the resident of the violation. The resident has 24 hours to correct the issue upon notification.
Building and Facility Inspections
The University Fire Marshal’s Office conducts annual building inspections for non-residential buildings to identify potential fire and life safety hazards that may impact the safety and welfare of students, staff, faculty and visitors of North Carolina State University. Through annual fire and life safety inspections, the University Fire Marshal’s Office ensures North Carolina State University’s buildings comply with the codes recognized by the State of North Carolina Department of Administration State Construction Office, the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal and the North Carolina State University.
The University Fire Marshal’s Office works with the North Carolina Department of Administration State Construction Office in all final acceptance inspections on campus. Assisting the State Construction Office, the University Fire Marshal’s Office identifies potential fire and life safety issues in a new construction and addresses any issues prior to the completion of the building.
Fire Extinguisher Inspections
N.C. State University maintains a large inventory of fire extinguishers. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires that all fire extinguishers be inspected monthly, annually and tested at specific times, depending on the type of extinguisher. The University Fire Marshal’s Office manages the inspection and testing of NC State University’s fire extinguishers. NFPA Chapter 10 requires portable fire extinguishers be installed at a maximum travel distance of 75 feet. If there is a fire extinguisher located within 75 feet of your room, then you do not need a fire extinguisher.
Sprinkler Testing and Inspections
The University Fire Marshal’s Office witnesses all fire sprinkler system testing and inspections for all NC State University properties. The Fire Marshal adheres to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and the North Carolina State Construction Office’s standards and specifications for fire alarm and sprinkler systems. Facilities Operations notifies the building liaisons in advance of all testing. The liaisons notify the building occupants in advance. To determine the schedule for your building, contact the building liaison or the Facilities Operations Customer Service Center.