During a Center for Film Studies building inspection, Wesleyan’s Safety Committee discovered that one of the center’s storage rooms contained many items blocking the fire panel. The committee members worked with the owner of the items to come up with a better location for storage, so fire department personnel have a clear access to the panel.
Wesleyan’s Safety Committee is looking for volunteers willing to help make campus a safer place to work and learn.
In the past few years, the committee has conducted a walk-through of 23 buildings on campus; provided personal protective equipment (safety glasses, gloves, ear protection and other equipment) to Physical Plant –Facilities staff; and helped deliver heavy tools and supplies to sites by installing mechanical lifts. They’ve also discussed ways to prevent accidents involving Wesleyan-owned vehicles and staff.
“The committee really does care about safety on campus, and we want to make a difference,” says Safety Committee co-chair Chris Cruz, safety coordinator for Physical Plant-Facilities. “To make our Safety Committee stronger, we really need more people to volunteer an hour,
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Wesleyan's fire safety efforts are featured in the Jan. 2009 issue of Doors & Hardware magazine.
Wesleyan was featured as the cover story in Doors & Hardware magazine’s Jan. 2009 issue. Doors & Hardware is a publication of the Door and Hardware Institute, which aims to advance life safety and security solutions. In an article titled “Off-Campus Fire Safety: How Wesleyan University meets the Challenge of Making its Unique Student Housing Fire Safe,” the magazine cites Wesleyan’s Facilities for upgrading residential sprinkler systems.
Joyce Topshe, associate vice president of facilities, and Barb Spalding, associate director of campus fire safety, are featured in the article. Wesleyan allocated $5M towards sprinklers for a residence hall that housed 520 students; 17 off-campus wood-framed houses; and 23 buildings. The budget also funded carbon monoxide detectors and some new fire alarm systems.
The article mentions that in doing these projects, “the university learned that retrofitting a large number of buildings, on budget and in a short period of time, is indeed possible.”