University Hospital fire alarm testing coming Thursday, Sept. 17

September 15, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Please be advised that University Hospital must complete a required 15-minute test of the fire alarm system to complete a fire alarm upgrade project.

At 8 a.m. on Thursday,  Sept. 17, the fire alarm in University Hospital (all floors) will be initiated and all audible and visual fire alarm devices will be active for 15 minutes. Maintenance/facilities personnel will walk the entire building to verify that speakers and strobes are properly functioning. A public address announcement will be made prior to the test and upon completion of the test.

Prior to fire alarm initiation, the UH fire alarm system will be put on battery backup for four hours, beginning at 4 a.m. Between 4 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., corridor and suite doors with hold open devices will lose power and close. Doors can still be manually opened to allow passage.

The fire detection/suppression system, including sprinklers, smoke detectors, reporting and communication mechanisms will continue to function and be active for the duration of the test.

If there is an actual fire emergency during the 15-minute ring test, hospital employees will be expected to Rescue, Alarm, Contain and Extinguish (R.A.C.E.), and most importantly dial 9-1-1 to report the fire’s location, alert occupants and then pull the fire alarm.