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New York State Most Common Code Issues

You can help Binghamton University stay safe and code compliant. Avoid creating these violations found on the list of Most Common Violations in New York State (listed by Occupancy type)

A - Assembly Occupancies (includes buildings or portions of buildings as gathering places for - civil, social, religious, recreational activities)

• Blocked exits

• No exit sign or exit lights out

• Doors locked during hours of occupancy

• Fire doors wedged open

• Lack of panic hardware and/or hard to open doors

• Overcrowding, occupant load sign missing

• Aisles not adequate

• Fire extinguishers not serviced or missing

• Candles misused

• Extension cords and other electrical problems

• Decorations not flame retardant

• Non-flame retardant drapes

• Smoking problems

• Heating hazards

• No emergency lighting or not tested

• Lack of Fire alarm testing or record keeping

• Problems in Commercial Kitchens and Restaurants

o Kitchen extinguishing systems not tested

o Kitchen hoods too much grease

o Grease accumulation on filters and in ducts

o Hood system not serviced, non-existent, or improperly installed

o Smoking problems

o Cluttered storerooms

o Electrical hazards

o Heating hazards

o Extension cords

o Tables in exit paths

o Misuse of candles

o Decorations not fire rated/treated

o Curtains not rated

B - Business (includes colleges/universities - administration, classrooms, post office, banks, clinics, labs, workshops, etc)

• Exiting blocked

• Exits poorly lit

• Exit signs not lit

• Corridors and aisles not clear

• Signage missing from elevators

• Extinguishers not serviced or missing

• Storage rooms overloaded; too close to ceilings/sprinklers

• Waste paper handling/recycling

• Smoking hazards

• Combustibles stored near heating equipment

• Improper storage of flammable liquids

• Lack of proper maintenance and testing of fire systems

• Extension cords misused

• Unsafe chemical storage

• Compressed gas cylinders not secured and/or labeled

• Improper storage of oily rags

• Self-closing lids on containers not kept closed (grease, oil, rags, etc)

• Separation of incompatible hazards non-existent/limited

• Welding hazards

• Fire protection systems not maintained/tested

R2 - Multiple Residences

• Blocked exits

• Unserviced or missing fire extinguishers

• Excessive storage in basements and corridors

• Cluttered attic spaces, under stairs, heating rooms and garages

• Lack of or not visible Exit signs

• Accumulation of dust and lint in Laundry rooms

• Combustibles next to water heaters and furnaces

• Lack of fire department access

• Fire protection equipment not working or serviced

• Faulty, untested standpipes

• Penetrations in fire separations

• Incomplete or missing evacuation plans

• Stairway doors blocked open

• Lack of smoke detectors and/or lack of testing

• Proof of fire drill training

E - Educational (under 12th grade)

• Blocked exits

• Blocked sprinkler heads

• Exit lights/signs not lit

• Fire protection not maintained/missing

• Labs not safe (storage, procedures)

• Flammable liquids improperly stored

• Shop hazards (welding, cutting, combustible dust, etc)

• Excess storage of combustibles

• Lack of drills or improper documentation

• Auditorium drapes not flame retardant

• Extension cords in use

• Combustibles near heat producing elements/equipment

• Pool chemicals improperly stored

• Eye wash not maintained/available

• Improper storage of hazardous materials

• Fire systems testing/records inadequate

Last Updated: 1/22/16