Learning institutions may come under Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act

Learning institutions may come under Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act

The fire safety requirements of the Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act of 1990 may apply also to colleges and universities federal employees use when on government business, opined General Counsel for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The requirements–the installation of an A/C hardware smoke detector for all facilities and NFPA 13 or 13R sprinkler systems for buildings higher than three stories–would pertain to meeting facilities, rooms, and services of any establishment not owned by the federal government that are used for activities funded fully or partially with federal money.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) will contact school administrators to make them aware of the requirements of the Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act and the steps they must take to bring their facilities into compliance, explains John Ottoson, project officer for Hotel/Motel Fire Safety. The requirements of the Hotel/Motel Act, a listing of facilities/cities that are in compliance, and a listing of the project officer in each state are accessible at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/. Also, adds Ottoson, a facility can download the application form on which to request listing on the approved list of fire-safe facilities. After receipt of the completed form, the project officer for Hotel/Motel Safety in the respective state will inspect the facility. If it is found to be in conformance, it will be added to the approved list of facilities for federal employees.

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