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Fire Safety


This Fire Safety policy has been developed to help manage the risks associated with fire as a means to help protect the safety of Brigham Young University–Hawaii (“BYU–Hawaii” or “university”) faculty, staff, students, and visitors.


BYU-Hawaii complies with applicable fire and building safety laws.

Open flames and flammable liquids are not permitted in BYU–Hawaii hales, Temple View Apartments, on-campus faculty housing, or open spaces except for designated food preparation areas, science laboratories, ceramics studios, and designated maintenance hot work areas. Campus Safety & Security must approve any temporary deviation from the fire codes.

The possession or use of fireworks, sky lanterns, pyrotechnic special effects, or blank shots is strictly prohibited on university property except as authorized by Campus Safety & Security.

All faculty, staff, and students are responsible to understand and act on the following:

  • Know what action to take in the event of discovering a fire (see Emergency and Security Procedures, pg. 7);
  • Upon hearing a fire alarm, evacuate the building by the nearest emergency exit;
  • Comply with all fire safety instructions provided by the university and its officers; and,
  • Not tamper with any fire safety equipment provided by the university.


3.1 Definitions

Fire Safety laws

Includes but is not limited to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations, State of Hawaii Fire Code, BYU-Hawaii's Fire Prevention/Protection Program, and the National Fire Code.

Maintenance hot work areas

Includes but is not limited to cutting and welding with torch. Hot work being performed outside of designated areas must obtain a "Hot Work Permit" before performing the following: brazing, cutting, grinding, soldering, welding, the use of propane heaters, or the use of any pyrotechnic device (see university's Fire Prevention/Protection Program for details).

Open flame devices

Includes but is not limited to candles, incense, wax warmers, fireworks, torches, and other incendiary devices.

University building

Includes but is not limited to classrooms, laboratories, dormitories, married student housing, etc.

3. 2 Responsibilities

3.2.1 University Safety Officer

Under the direction of the director, Campus Safety & Security, the university safety officer shall implement the university’s Fire Prevention/Protection Program including the following:

  • Scheduling and coordinating required surveys and inspections.
  • Managing the fire drill plan.
  • Managing the fire alarm and fire suppression testing plan.
  • Fire safety training.
  • Managing the hot work program.
  • Monitoring implementation of recommended improvements to the university's Fire Prevention/Protection Program.

3.2.2 Campus University Safety Officer

Campus Safety & Security shall prepare and maintain a Fire Prevention/Protection Program that defines and documents the university’s fire safety program, including compliance with federal and state fire safety regulations.

3.2.3 Facilities Management

Facilities Management shall coordinate with Campus Safety & Security to ensure fire safety alert and suppression systems are properly installed as required by applicable building and fire codes and are maintained and tested as required.

3.2.4 Building Coordinators

Individuals designated as fire safety officers for selected facilities shall

  • Obtain the necessary training regarding their responsibilities;
  • Develop an individual Fire Safety Plan for their facility;
  • Ensure the facility has the required evacuation plans and notices; and,
  • Ensure employees in the facility understand their responsibilities in the event of an evacuation.


Occupational Safety
Fire Prevention/Protection Program
Emergency and Security Procedures


Policy Owner: Director, Campus Safety & Security

Executive Sponsor: Operations Vice President

Original Approval by President's Council: 10/15/2010
Approved by President’s Council: 01/06/2014

Modified: 11/30/2022

Full revision history maintained by Human Resources.