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Fire and Life Safety

The NYU Global Properties Life Safety Guideline Questionnaire (PDF) is to be used by personnel viewing global properties for use by NYU students, faculty, and staff. The intent is to determine if the property provides adequate life safety provisions in case of emergency to permit occupants to egress the facility safety. Should you have any questions regarding completion of the document or understanding the technical questions, please contact Environmental Health and Safety for assistance.

New York Education Law 6438 (Kerry Rose Sprinkler Notification)


Kerry Rose Sprinkler Notification

The New York Education Law 6438 (Kerry Rose Fire Sprinkler Notification Act), requires the immediate disclosure of residential fire safety system information by all New York State colleges and universities in New York State.  Please click on the link above to view the information.

Fire Drills

A fire drill is a tool used to train personnel and building occupants on evacuation procedures and to evaluate evacuation performance. NYU conducts fire drills in academic buildings and dormitories as required by the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). NYU conducts three fire drills per academic year in each academic building and four fire drills per year in dormitories with fire alarms. Office buildings with more than 100 people have two drills per year. See NYU's Fire Drills Policy (PDF) for further details.

Fire Department Permits for Laboratories

It is unlawful to operate a laboratory or storage room in which flammable liquids, flammable solids, flammable gases, oxidizing materials, explosive materials, unstable or reactive chemicals are used in testing, research, experimental or instructional work, without a permit from the FDNY Fire Commissioner.

If your lab or storage area contains chemicals in quantities that meet of exceed one or more of the following criteria, you must have a permit for that area:

  • 32 ounces or greater of a flammable liquid
  • ½ pound or greater of a solid oxidizing agent
  • A flammable gas cylinder that is at least 20 inches in height or 6 inches in diameter
  • 10 gallons or greater of a combustible liquid
  • 15 gallons or greater of an acid

Click here (PDF) or more information on what the Fire Department looks for during a permit inspection.

Certificate of Fitness (CoF) Search by Title or Number

Click here to search the index of Certificates of Fitness by title or by number. Each has an associated Study Material, Memorandum of Understanding, and Notice of Examination unless otherwise noted.

Certificate of Fitness for the Supervision of Labs

The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) requires that a Certificate of Fitness (C of F) holder be present whenever a laboratory is operating, including evenings and weekends. NYU research labs are subject to announced and unannounced FDNY inspections and the absence of a C of F holder during an inspection will result in issuance of a Notice of Violation with possible civil penalties. Thus for safety and compliance, as many lab personnel as possible should obtain a C of F.

Formerly, applicants had to go to FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn to tahe the C of F test. Qualified* individuals can now obtain a C of F on site (no trip to headquarters) through FDNY's Alternate Issuance Program administered by Environmental Health and Safety. Contact EHS at 8-1450 for additional information.

Individuals with a Ph.D., Medical or Dental degree, or Masters degree. Individuals with a Bachelors may qualify if they had at least 2 years of laboratory experience after graduation.



Certificate of Fitness for Torch Use of Flammable Gases for Cutting and Welding

Any persons using flammable gases to do torch cutting or welding is required to obtain a Certificate of Fitness (Type G-95) from the FDNY. Information can be obtained by going to the FDNY Website or by calling 718-999-1986.

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The NYU Campus Security and Fire Safety Report

Colleges and Universities are required by the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) to publish and distribute an annual security and fire safety report containing (1) campus security and student residence fire safety policies and procedures and (ii) campus crime and fire statistics. In the 2013-2014 Campus Security and Fire Safety report which follows, the term "campus" will include all NYU facilities (on-campus and non-campus). The crime statistics on page 7 of this report are broken down into the categories of "on campus," "non-campus," and "public property." Information on the annual fire safety report begins on page 35.



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