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Common Safety Violations in School Classrooms

1 Classroom exits shall remain clear and not blocked by any obstructions, such as cabinets that open into the exit path.
2 Classroom emergency exit shall not be blocked by items stored under or in front of the windows.
3 Classroom fire extinguishers shall be mounted in plain view and not blocked or hidden.
4 Exit signs for emergency window exits shall be visible at all times. Illuminate exit signs, when provided, shall be illuminated at all times.
5 Classroom exit doors shall not have decorations on door.
6 Decorations or classroom materials that are suspended from ceilings shall be treated to be flame retardent and never impede an exit.
7 Suspending or hanging decorative items from fire sprinkler pipes is not allowed.
8 Flame retardent classroom wall decorations shall not extend out from walls or cover exit signs.
9 Suspending decorative or instructional items from classroom ceiling lights is not allowed.
10 Material stored on top of shelves or cabinets may not be closer than 3 feet to the ceiling. This material shall also be secured so that, during an earthquake, it will not fall. Unfastened or unrestraind materials shall be removed.
11 Material stored on top of shelves or cabinets may not be closer than 18" to automatic sprinkler heads.
12 Excess paper and other supplies, shall be stored in an orderly manner in approved storage closets and not in open classrooms. 
13 Hazardouse materials, such as cleaning products and chemicals used for intruction, shall be stored in approved storage closets and not open classrooms.
14 All bookcases and cabines shall be secured to walls.
15 Approved portable heaters shall be positioned so that they are not close to combustibles.
16 Do not plug more than one extension cord and one power strip into an electrical outlet.  Extension cords shall be removed and stored at the end of the school day.  Extension cords may not be put into permanent use.  Extension cords and power strips may not be plugged in series.
17 Extension cords may not be extended from one classroom to another or create a tripping hazard.
18 All compressed gas cylinders shall be attached with restrains to prevent them from overturning
19 Do not exceed the classroom occupancy load by putting too many students or desks in the room. (20 square feet per student)
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