Emergency Board up >> Hurricane Safety Procedures

The contractor must submit drawings to DCAM through the Department or Agency for approval of any windows or openings to be sealed by any method other than that shown in sketches listed in number 1 above.9. For windows over 48 inches wide or 96 inches in height, the contractor must submit drawings to DCAM through the Department or Agency for approval showing method of framing the plywood enclosure and Hurricane Safety Procedures the method of securing to the building. 

Such method shall comply with the intent of attached sketches. Doors 1. An emergency access/egress door shall be provided at the front and rear of each building, or Hurricane Safety Procedures as otherwise determined by the local fire and public safety officials inconjunction with DCAM. Each emergency access/egress door shall be installed as perattached sketch #7. 

All locks shall be keyed alike with three (3) keys. Keys shall beturned over to the local fire department one (1) and DCAM Office of Surplus Propertytwo (2).2. Emergency access/egress doors are to be painted fire engine red. The building number Hurricane Safety Procedures and location of the door are to be painted in red on a yellow background as perattached sketch #7.3. 

Doors designated emergency access/egress doors shall be shown on the plot plan, and Hurricane Safety Procedures a copy of this plot plan shall be given to the local fire department.4. Note: Emergency access/egress doors must open without binding or sticking.Contractor shall replace any hinges or hardware on these doors so they shall operateproperly. 

Any doors designated as access/egress doors which cannot be repaired shall be replaced.5. All other exterior doors up Hurricane Safety Procedures to a height (bottom of threshold) less than 12’ above gradeshall be permanently sealed with 3/4” exterior grade plywood, type CDX per below. A. Remove and dispose of all screen doors.B. Remove doorknob.

C. Existing mortised lock to remain and be secured in the locked position.D. Cut plywood to overlap door, hinges and Hurricane Safety Procedures doorjamb.E. Secure plywood with minimum 2" long galvanized screwnails 6" on center aroundthe perimeter of door into the doorjamb and through the center of the door bothhorizontally and vertically.

F. If doorframe is rotted, contractor shall provide new nailing strip (2 x 4s) to replaceframe.6. Plywood shall be stained on all edges and both faces with a combination exteriorgrade stain and Hurricane Safety Procedures sealer. For doors to be permanently sealed, color of stain shall matchthe building exterior. Fire Escapes Remove from all buildings, fire escapes and ladders attached to buildings up to aheight of 12 feet above grade.2. 

Doors and windows above the first floor level shall also be sealed per these procedures if they are accessible from outside stairs and landings or Hurricane Safety Procedures if required by Department of Public Safety or the local Fire Department. Building Interior General Notes For:Electricity/Water/Telephone/Gas:The intent of cold securing a building is to completely discontinue electrical power, water service, telephone service and gas service to the building by terminating the services at the street.

Make arrangements with DCAM to pay all utility bills. All utility bills must be paidin full prior to acceptance of property by DCAM.If unable to comply with this policy based on conditions beyond the control of theDepartment or Agency (due to requirements of the Department of Public Safety orthe local Fire Department), Hurricane Safety Procedures the Department or Agency must notify DCAM and attempt to discontinue, internally, as many service as possible as per below.1. 

Turn off the water supply to the building. Close the shut-off valve located directly outside of the building. If the outside valve does not shut off the water flow completely, Hurricane Safety Procedures install new valve. If no exterior valve exists and electrical power is toremain on, close internal shut off valve, install heat tracing and insulation around thewater main from the inside of the building wall up to and encase the inside shut-offvalve. 

If no electrical power exists, a new exterior shut off valve must be installed.2. Drain all sanitary plumbing systems and pump out by a suction pump or compressedair, Hurricane Safety Procedures all residual water in each plumbing fixture trap. Back fill all traps, includingclean-out traps, with anti-freeze.3. Drain all hot water heaters, water storage tanks and other tanks containing water. 

Donot back fill with anti-freeze any tanks or Hurricane Safety Procedures lines used for domestic water use.4. Turn off the electric service to all electric motors operating HVAC equipment. Drainall HVAC systems of water. Remove all window units and re-seal windows.5. Turn off the electric service to all electric motors operating compressor pumps, etc.

Note: If required, and only after approval by DCAM, do not turn off electric serviceto sump pumps used to keep tunnels, cellars, etc. from flooding. Deactivate electrical systems in the building including lighting, Hurricane Safety Procedures power and electricmotor systems. This can be done by shutting down the main building power circuitand disconnection from the street. 

Power systems shall be left in a condition thatthey can easily be restarted.7. Notify local Telephone Company to disconnect phone service. 8. Turn off the main gas shut-off inside the building and the individual shut-offs to each appliance. For safety reasons, Hurricane Safety Procedures the local Gas Company must turn off the gas at thestreet.9. 

Remove all trash and Hurricane Safety Procedures debris and all personal property which has been declared worthless. Follow Department of Procurement and General Services Regulations.10. Properly archive all pertinent records. Notify the Secretary of the Commonwealth,Archives Division, 220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125, telephone number(617) 727-2816. 

Do not leave any records stored within building.11. Remove all locksets and latching devices from interior doors, Hurricane Safety Procedures which may hinderaccess/egress. This is a Fire Department requirement.Elevator Shutdown 1. Provide for elevator shutdown in accordance with 524 CMR 11.00 Elevators Placed Out of Service.Elevators Placed Out of Service

All elevators and dumbwaiters placed out of active service for a period exceeding one year shall comply with the following:1) The owner or his agent shall notify the authorized elevator inspector in writing, Hurricane Safety Procedures giving the date when the elevator or dumbwaiter will be placed out of service.2) If the out of service period exceeds one year from the date of notice received,the complete installation shall be subject to a complete inspection and safetytest before again being placed in service.

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