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Fire Safety

Building Evacuation

The College of New Jersey maintains a mandatory evacuation policy. In accordance with the mandatory evacuation policy, in the event of a fire or upon activation of any fire alarm, all building occupants are required to evacuate the building. Building occupants are required to exit the building via the nearest exit doors and are required to move at least 50 feet from the building. Please be careful not to obstruct the pathway of emergency responders.

Individuals that are not able to evacuate the building for mobility reasons should seek shelter in an area of refuge, such as a protected stairwell.  Contact should be made to Campus Police at 609-771-2345 or by calling 9-1-1 from any campus phone, notifying them of your situation and location within the building.

Campus Fire Safety Reporting

Our office assists Campus Police in gathering statistics for the Campus Police Clery/Fire Report on campus.  This report lists all reportable statistics as mandated by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, as well as The College’s policy regarding crime prevention.

Electrical Safety

The following documents can help you to determine what electrical accessories are allowed or prohibited, and how to use them safely.  Using prohibited items or using electrical equipment improperly increases the possibility of a fire.

Fire Alarms

TCNJ is currently working to upgrade our Fire Alarm System. Please review our Fire Alarm System Upgrade Project Presentation for more detailed info.

Fire Extinguishers

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) manages the fire extinguishers on the TCNJ campus.  This includes coordinating the annual and monthly inspections.

To replace a fire extinguisher that is used, missing, empty, damaged, etc., enter an online work order request for Facilities Operations or call extension 2353.

Please note that the inspection tag on the fire extinguisher is valid for a year following the month that punched out.

Vendors and individuals are responsible for obtaining and maintaining their own fire extinguishers.

Contact EHS, at ext. 2881, with any questions or concerns.

Fire Extinguisher

Fire Safety Education

Our office is responsible for providing fire safety education training to college staff, for scheduling and conducting residential mandatory planned drills twice a semester, for tracking all fire alarm reports generated by Campus Police Services and Residential Education and Housing, and for evaluating fire safety in campus buildings on a regular basis. If you are a new employee or a staff member who needs annual fire safety education training, please refer to the Employee Training section.

To access A Guide to Residence Living sections regarding fire safety please refer to: http://housing.pages.tcnj.edu/living-on-campus/policies-and-regulations/health-safety-and-security-regulations/.

Fire Safety Inspections

The Occupational Safety Specialist serves as The College’s liaison with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey Division of Fire Safety. Annual inspection of the entire campus and quarterly inspections of certain buildings on campus (Kendall Theater, T/W Link and Kitchen, Brower Student Center Food Court, and Eickhoff Hall Cafeteria) are conducted by the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety with the assistance of the Occupational Safety Specialist. Inspections attempt to identify all applicable fire safety violations based upon the International Fire Code, NJ edition. Our office is responsible for ensuring that all fire code violations are abated as mandated by the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety.

To report a concern for fire safety, please contact the Occupational Safety Specialist.

In the event of a fire emergency on campus, please contact the Office of Campus Police Services by dialing 9-1-1 from any campus phone. Please note that dialing 9-1-1 from a cell phone will put you in contact with Ewing, not with the campus. Directly dial 609-771-2345 from a cell phone.

Fire Safety Permits and Approvals (Event Planning)

  • Fireworks:
    • Approval from the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety (NJDFS) through inspection and the issuance of a fire permit are required for a fireworks display on campus.
    • Organizations that are planning a fireworks display on campus must coordinate their planning with our office and fill out an online application for permit. The permit application information includes:
        • The location of the fireworks display as well as the fallout zone.
        • Contact information, including telephone number for the individual responsible for the event.  This individual must be present during the inspection performed by the NJDFS on the day of the event.
        • The number and size of shells that will be used.
        • The date and time that the fireworks display will be setup for inspection.
        • A permit application fee of a $331.00 (amount subject to change) to the Division of Fire Safety.  This can be paid online through the online permit application system.
    • Application including fees must be submitted to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety at least two weeks prior to the proposed event.  Please contact the Occupational Safety Specialist at extension 2861 to help with the logistics of the fireworks event well in advance from the proposed event date.  Please click here for Municipal/Sponsor Requirements and Display Company Requirements.
    • A copy of the permit application is to be sent to the Occupational Safety Specialist.
  • Barbecues/Cooking:
    • The College currently has an annual barbeque permit issued by the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety (NJDFS) that allows College employees and Sodexo to use grills on campus.  This permit does not apply to student organizations or college employees that are not acting at the direction of the College or within the scope of their employment with the College.
    • Student organizations or outside parties that are planning barbeques (or cooking with grills, fryers, or open flame) on campus must submit an online application for permit to the NJ Division of Fire Safety.  Applicants will need to set up a RIMS account at: https://portal01.state.nj.us/http://portal20.sa.state.nj.us:8080/signup/NJLoginNewUser .
    • Application  including fees must be submitted to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety at least two weeks prior to the proposed event.
    • Please contact the Occupational Safety Specialist at extension 2881 to help with the logistics of the barbeque event well in advance from the proposed event date. A copy of the permit application is to be sent to the Occupational Safety Specialist.
    • The NJ Division of Fire Safety will inspect on the day of the event.  The NJ Division of Fire Safety has the authority to deny approving the permit.
    • Please note that fire safety approval does not include approvals from the health department.  EHS is not responsible for Ewing Township Health Department Inspections or permitting.
  • Propane Grill Guidelines:
    • Prior to use, the propane tank must be properly secured to the grill, and the tank and gas line connection should be checked for leaks.
    • At least one current fire extinguisher must be available per grill for the duration of the event.
    • No grills may be used to cook inside tents or buildings.
    • Grills must be at least ten (10) feet from a building or other structure.
    • If there are multiple grills being used, the grills must be at least fifteen (15) feet apart.
    • Spare propane tanks must be kept upright and secured in a location at least ten (10) feet away from buildings, and at least fifteen (15) feet from any grills.
  • Charcoal Grill Guidelines:
    • At least one current fire extinguisher must be available per grill for the duration of the event.
    • No grills may be used to cook inside tents or buildings.
    • Grills must be at least ten (10) feet from a building or other structure.
    • Lighter fluid and charcoal must be kept in a location at least ten (10) feet away from buildings, and at least fifteen (15) feet from any grills.
    • The group using the charcoal grill is responsible for fully extinguishing the hot coals after use, and for disposing of the remnants in a proper receptacle.  Hot coals are not to be placed in any outdoor trash containers.
  • Vendors:
    • The permit obtained by The College of New Jersey does not apply to them.
    • The vendor must have and prominently display a permit from the Division of Fire Safety, as well as provide their own Class K fire extinguisher(s) and equipment.
  • Candle waivers:
    • All departments and student organizations that are requesting a candle waiver must be fully aware that only glass covered (globe) candles and votives that do not exceed the height of the glassware are permissible in non-residential buildings. Portable fire extinguishers must be readily accessible, and the location’s means of egress and/or evacuation plan must be known. To request a candle waiver, please completely fill out the candle waiver application found here and submit it to the Occupational Safety Specialist at for review.
  • Open Burning
    • Approval from the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety (NJDFS) through inspection and the issuance of a fire permit are required for the use of any open flame or flame-producing device, in connection with any public gathering, for the purpose of entertaining, amusement, recreation, or education.
    • Any open burning must be coordinated with our office and an online application for permit must be completed. The permit application information includes:
      • The location of the open burning.
      • Contact information, including telephone number for the individual responsible for the event.  This individual must be present during the inspection performed by the NJDFS on the day of the event.
      • The date and time that the open burning will be set up for inspection.
      • All information regarding the opening burning process, including what is getting burned, how you are fueling the process, how far you will away from any building, etc.
      • A permit application fee of a $42.00 (amount subject to change) to the Division of Fire Safety.  This can be paid online through the online permit application system.
    • Application package including fees must be submitted to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety at least two weeks prior to the proposed event.  Please contact the Occupational Safety Specialist at extension 2861 to help with the logistics of the event well in advance from the proposed event date.
    • In addition to the application packet being sent directly to the NJDFS, a copy of the permit application is to be sent to the Occupational Safety Specialist.
  • Tents
    • Tents of certain size require a permit from the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety (DFS).  At least 4-weeks before the event, contact the TCNJ Fire Safety Specialist to obtain a “TCNJ Tent Permit Request Form” and to answer any questions you may have regarding tents and associated requirements for the tent.

Fire and Life Safety Systems

Sprinklers, Standpipes, Fire Pumps, Emergency Power Generators/Inverters, elevators, etc.

Kitchen Suppression Systems

Our office currently manages the contract with The College’s Kitchen Hood Suppression Systems Contractor.  The contractor is responsible for bi-annual maintenance and inspection of all kitchen hood suppression systems on campus. Visual monthly inspections of all suppression systems are conducted by the Occupational Safety Specialist. Reports of all deficiencies and violations are communicated to the Life Safety Specialist for resolution. In the event of accidental or intentional activation of any kitchen hood suppression system, the Occupational Safety Specialist serves as the emergency contact and will ensure that system is recharged and restored by vendor. For information on any unplanned/emergency impairment, please see the Impairment Management section.

Impairment Management

The College’s Fire Safety Specialist position also serves as the Impairment Management Coordinator for The College of New Jersey.  Any unplanned/emergency impairments of the systems or equipment detailed above are to be brought to the attention of the the Fire Safety Specialist. Planned impairments are not to be performed without the express consent and approval of the Fire Safety Specialist. Planned/scheduled impairments should be brought to the attention of the Fire Safety Specialist a minimum of 48 business hours in advance of the impairment. Depending upon the nature of the impairment, the Fire Safety Specialist may need to review the impairment on location with the individual(s) performing the work.

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