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Fire Alarms

Any building with three (3) or more floors should have an automatic fire detection alarm.

Fire alarms and installation 

The local Fire Chief has the authority to prescribe to RU what should be installed in a building. Alarm systems in RU buildings include: 

  • Manual evacuation alarm: a noise-making device set off manually by a person. This may be a whistle - purchased at a sports shop (least costly option); a megaphone with alarm; or an air horn - purchased from a fire protection company.

  • Break glass alarm: organise through the Electrical section, RU ext 8033 / 8034 / 7436; or speed dial 5079 / 5024.

NB: a simple break-glass box containing key for locked exit door (no alarm) should be organised through Building Maintenance

  • Automatic fire detection alarm: a fire alarm system with smoke detector - a more sophisticated (and costly) device which sets off automatically in response to smoke. At RU, these have a direct radio link to the Campus Protection Unit. Organise through the Electrical section, RU ext 8033 / 8034 / 7436; or speed dial 5079 / 5024.
  • Signal tests: please arrange with Campus Protection RU ext 8146/7 to do a signal test (these are NOT done in your building automatically).

  • Fire Drills: contact Engineering section for technical assistance to set off automatic or break glass alarms, RU ext 8238 / 8236 / 7451; or speed dial 5231 / 5031.

Alarm fault reporting

  • Contact Electrical section, RU ext 8033 / 8034 / 7436; or speed dial 5079 / 5024.

Fire detection devices

Rhodes University's Electrical section is guided by the SANS 10139 codes - which list three types of fire detection devices:

  • M (Manual)
  • L (Life protection)
  • P (Property protection)

More info:

RU Safety, Health & Environmental Officer: 046-603.7205 or safety(at)ru.ac.za

Questions and answers: visit the Labour Guide Forum

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Last Modified :Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:05:14 SAST