Requirements for Fire, Tornado, Lockdown Drills

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STATE OF MICHIGAN
93RD LEGISLATURE
REGULAR SESSION OF 2006
Introduced by Reps. Van Regenmorter, Kahn, Taub and Caswell
ENROLLED HOUSE BILL No. 4460
AN ACT to amend 1941 PA 207, entitled “An act to provide for the
prevention of fires and the protection of persons and property from
exposure to the dangers of fire or explosion; to authorize the
investigation of fires and the discovery of crime or other offenses in
relation thereto; to require the razing, repair, or alteration of
buildings, and the clearing and improvement of premises which constitute
a fire hazard or a menace to the peace, security, or safety of persons
or property; to control the construction, use, and occupancy of those
buildings and premises for fire safety purposes; to provide for the
certification of fire inspectors and the delegation of certain powers to
those certified fire inspectors; to provide for the regulation of the
storage and transportation of hazardous material; to provide for the
issuance of certificates; to prohibit the use of certain fire
extinguishers and fire extinguishing agents; to provide immunity from
liability for certain persons; to provide for the administration of this
act and prescribe procedure for the enforcement of its provisions; to
fix penalties for violation of this act; to provide for the promulgation
of rules; to provide for the assessment of fees; and to repeal certain
acts and parts of acts,” by amending the title and section 19 (MCL
29.19), the title as amended by 1984 PA 314 and section 19 as amended by
1998 PA 45.
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
TITLE An act to provide for the prevention of fires and the protection
of persons and property from exposure to the dangers of fire or
explosion; to authorize the investigation of fires and the discovery of
crime or other offenses in relation thereto; to require the razing,
repair, or alteration of buildings, and the clearing and improvement of
premises which constitute a fire hazard or a menace to the peace,
security, or safety of persons or property; to control the construction,
use, and occupancy of buildings and premises in relation to safety,
including fire safety; to provide for the certification of fire
inspectors and the delegation of certain powers to those certified fire
inspectors; to provide for the regulation of the storage and
transportation of hazardous material; to provide for the issuance of
certificates; to prohibit the use of certain fire extinguishers and fire
extinguishing agents; to provide immunity from liability for certain
persons; to provide for the administration of this act and prescribe
procedure for the enforcement of its provisions; to fix penalties for
violation of this act; to provide for the promulgation of rules; to
provide for the assessment of fees; and to repeal acts and parts of
acts. Sec. 19. (1) The chief administrative officer and the teachers of
all schools, including state supported schools, colleges, and
universities and the owner, or owner’s representative, of all school
dormitories shall have a fire drill each month and ensure unrestricted
emergency egress during school hours and when the school is open to the
public. Each (135)
Act No. 187
Public Acts of 2006
Approved by the Governor
June 16, 2006
Filed with the Secretary of State
June 19, 2006
EFFECTIVE DATE: June 19, 2006 2 teacher in a school, including a state
supported school, college, or university and the owner or owner’s
representative of a dormitory shall comply with these requirements and
keep a record of the drills. (2) Except as provided in subsection (3), a
minimum of 8 fire drills is required for each school year. If weather
conditions do not permit fire drills to be held at least once a month,
then at least 5 fire drills shall be held in the fall of each year and 3
fire drills shall be held during the remaining part of the school year.
(3) A minimum of 6 fire drills is required for each school year for a
school that operates any of grades kindergarten to 12. Four of the fire
drills shall be held in the fall and 2 shall be held during the
remaining part of the school year. (4) A minimum of 2 tornado safety
drills is required for each school year at the schools and facilities
described in subsection (1). These drills shall be conducted for the
purpose of preventing fires and related hazards and injuries caused by
severe weather. (5) A minimum of 2 drills in which the occupants are
restricted to the interior of the building and the building secured is
required for each school year at a school that operates any of grades
kindergarten to 12. A drill conducted under this subsection shall
include security measures that are appropriate to an emergency such as
the release of a hazardous material or the presence of an armed
individual on or near the premises. The drill shall be conducted in
coordination with the local emergency management coordinator appointed
under section 9 of the emergency management act, 1976 PA 390, MCL
30.409, the county sheriff for the county or the chief of police or fire
chief for the municipality where the school is located, or the designee
of the sheriff, chief of police, or fire chief and consistently with
applicable federal, state, and local emergency operations plans. The
governing body of a school shall seek input from the administration of
the school on the nature of the drills to be conducted under this
subsection. (6) The state fire marshal, a fire chief, or a firefighter
in uniform acting under orders and directions of the fire chief may
cause fire drills to be held in school houses, school dormitories, and
other public buildings as the state fire marshal considers advisable.
The state fire marshal may order the installation of other protective
apparatus or equipment that conforms to recognized and approved modern
practices. (7) The department of state police emergency management
division shall develop a model to be used by a school in conducting, and
by a local emergency management coordinator, county sheriff, chief of
police, fire chief, or designee of a sheriff, chief of police, or fire
chief in coordinating, a drill under subsection (5).
This act is ordered to take immediate effect.
Clerk of the House of Representatives
Secretary of the Senate
Approved
Governor

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