Current Safety Issues
Oakland Warehouse Fire
Through the media we have all been exposed to the horrors of the recent Oakland warehouse fire. What was originally a warehouse was reconfigured into living quarters, artist’s studious with flammable materials, and an entertainment venue without building code review. There was excessive presence of combustible material, insufficient and obstructed means of egress, and lack of sprinkler protection. The loss of life is large.
Our campus has a procedure to follow to ensure that modifications are made in accordance with the building code. This procedure is initiated by a “Project Request” form available from Facilities Management. Too often we find out about building modifications after the fact when we are faced with a fait accompli.
When a building modification is being contemplated involving any building element including walls, ceilings, floors, doors, passageways, etc., please submit a Project Request form as part of the planning process.