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55 Pa. Code § 3800.132. Fire drills.

§ 3800.132. Fire drills.

 (a)  An unannounced fire drill shall be held at least once a month.

 (b)  Fire drills shall be held during normal staffing conditions and not when additional staff persons are present.

 (c)  A written fire drill record shall be kept of the date, time, the amount of time it took for evacuation, the exit route used, the number of children in the facility at the time of the drill, problems encountered and whether the fire alarm or smoke detector was operative.

 (d)  Children shall be able to evacuate the entire building into a public thoroughfare, or to a fire-safe area designated in writing within the past year by a fire safety expert, within 2 1/2 minutes or within the period of time specified in writing within the past year by a fire safety expert. The fire safety expert may not be an employe of the facility.

 (e)  A fire drill shall be held during sleeping hours at least every 6 months.

 (f)  Alternate exit routes shall be used during fire drills.

 (g)  Fire drills shall be held on different days of the week, at different times of the day and night and on different staffing shifts.

 (h)  Children shall evacuate to a designated meeting place outside the building or within the fire-safe area during each fire drill.

 (i)  A fire alarm or smoke detector shall be set off during each fire drill.

 (j)  Elevators may not be used during a fire drill or a fire.

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  3800.302 (relating to exceptions for outdoor and mobile programs); and 55 Pa. Code §  3800.311 (relating to exceptions for day treatment).

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