FIRE/LIFE SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR SOCIAL EVENTS
These guidelines are an integral part of the event registration process and shall be followed as part of a recognized social function where the occupant load is expected to exceed 50 guests. A representative from the IFC, Panhellenic Council and/or Corvallis Fire Department may visit your function at any time to verify adherence to the fire safety requirements identified within this checklist. Failure to follow any of these requirements may result in social probation and/or civil penalty.
Once a party gets underway, it is sometimes difficult to continue the focus on guest & resident safety. This shall be the responsibility of the sober monitors and hired private security and shall continue aggressively throughout the event. It is also important for resident safety that a sober and responsible team walk through the house after the party to ensure the house remains in a safe condition. A number of fatal fires have occurred in Greek houses hours after a party ended and the residents went to sleep.
Below is a list of safety precautions that shall be rigorously followed throughout any large event that is held in a fraternity or sorority:
Horseplay or malicious activity, to any degree, involving fire play, or fire protection equipment shall not be tolerated by either residents or guests (OFC, Section 109, 2003 ed.)
The total number of occupants in a facility at any time shall be limited to that number established by the Oregon Fire Code. One designated party room/area shall be established and the open/net square footage shall be determined. Based upon that number an occupant load figure can be established. That number will represent the total occupant load for the entire house during a social function. (OFC, Section 1004, 2003 ed.)
The determined occupant load shall be impacted by available square footage, the presence of fire sprinklers & fire alarms, and the adequacy of egress features, e.g. number of exits, exit identification & illumination, door hardware, and door swing.
WARNING! If an area is too crowded for an individual to make their way through the crowd in a reasonable & continual manner, the number of people shall be reduced immediately. A crowd control plan shall be created to manage the number of occupants in a house throughout the event, and all event security staff shall be familiar with the plan (OFC, Section 107.6, & 1004, 2003, ed.).
NOTE: Civil penalties will be issued for fire/life safety violations and range in amount up to $500 per violation for, but not limited to (CMC 7.08.080 2000 ed.):
For any questions regarding these or any other fire/life safety precautions please call the Corvallis Fire Department at (541) 766-6903.