Fire safety begins with ensuring all University of Michigan (U-M) facilities contain the appropriate life safety systems and that these systems are in working order at all times. With operating systems in the buildings, responsibility then falls to all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to follow appropriate procedures. You can prevent fires by applying fire safety best practices at your workplace and personal life. Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), Fire Safety Services (FSS) assists U-M in ensuring all buildings and temporary structures are in compliance with the fire safety rules and regulations. FSS educates faculty, staff, and students about fire safety best practices through inspections, fire evacuation drills, and education.
Standard Operating Procedures, Guidelines, and Manuals
The following documents provide information about how to use items that are a fire hazard. Some of these documents are in a downloadable format so that you can print them for your operation as is. When you click the link it will automatically go to the download file.
- Placement of Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizers in Non-Health Care Facilities
- Smudging Safety
- Use of Solid Alcohol Fuel Get (a.k.a. Sterno)
- Use of Outdoor Cooking Appliances
- Space Heaters
- Holiday Decorations
- Diesel Fuel Generators
Life Safety Systems
FSS inspects the life safety systems in all buildings at time of construction or during renovation to ensure the systems meet appropriate code requirements. The life safety system is designed to monitor the environment in and around the building for changes that indicates the presence of fire or smoke. If there is a presence of fire or smoke, then the life safety system activates to reduce or eliminate the risk of injury or damage. Examples of life systems include: heat and smoke detectors, fire suppression equipment, and exit pathways from the building.
For more information about life safety systems, refer to the Fire/Life Safety web page.
FSS conducts inspections throughout U-M properties, special events, and temporary structures. Inspections include:
- Facility fire, life safety, and liquor license inspections for regulated facilities
- Occupant capacity
- Egress evaluations
- Other site or event specific programming
Refer to the following fire inspection checklist to ensure your workplace and living place meet the fire inspection (prevention) criteria: