Fire Safety & Building Inspections

Fire safety at the University is regulated by the North Carolina Fire Code (NCFC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The Department of Insurance (DoI) Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and North Carolina Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health (NCDOL-OSH) enforces these regulations by conducting building and safety inspections at least annually. The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) office conducts building inspections on a regular basis to protect the campus community and ensure regulatory compliance.

What you need to know

The University is required to maintain a workplace free from all recognized hazards. As such, we expect all faculty, staff, and students to:

  • Consult with EHS prior to using open flame devices, extension cords, building renovation, or hosting an event
  • Register space heaters with EHS prior to purchasing or bringing them to campus (submit a safety service request)
  • Adhere to fire safety rules, regulations, and programs
  • Maintain an unobstructed egress path in all corridors, hallways, and stairwells
  • Keep fire doors closed
  • Maintain an unobstructed pathway to fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers, and electrical panels
  • Electrical cords are used for listed and label purpose
  • Report safety concerns to EHS as soon as possible


  • Consultative Regulatory Review
  • Space Heater Authorization or Loan
  • Temporary Hazard Warning Signage
  • Limited Fire Safety Equipment Testing
  • Building Inspections
  • Fire Safety Training