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ELECTRICAL SHORT PROCEDURES

Procedures

The following covers procedures related to Electrical Shorts.

Electrical Shorts

Electrical shorts are caused when two electrical wires come into contact with each other or an electrical wire comes in contact with an unintentional ground source. Depending upon the voltage of the wire in question this can be extremely dangerous. Normally, fuses and circuit breakers will trip to disconnect the damaged circuit. However, sometimes these may fail or the short will not increase the load enough to trip the fuse or circuit breaker. If you notice sparks, fire, or smoke coming from a wall outlet, a light switch, an electrical panel board, or any other electrical device or if someone receives a shock when touching an item, then more than likely there is an electrical short in the circuit.

If you think there is an electrical short in the building or on the grounds, then use the following procedures

» Evacuate and isolate the area.
» Follow the Emergency Work Request procedures.

Evacuate and isolate the area.

Until the nature of the short can be determined, the safest course of action is to move students and staff out of the affected area. In addition, take measures to isolate the affected area by posting monitors, locking doors, etc. until the nature of the short can be determined. Do not attempt to find the circuit breaker or fuse for the affected circuit and try to turn the circuit off. There is a chance you might electrocute yourself without knowing the correct procedures and taking the correct safety precautions.

Follow the Emergency Work Request procedures.

Contact the Facilities Department and follow the Emergency Work Request procedures.

Facilities Department personnel will respond to investigate the electrical short and will then recommend a course of action.

In case of a fire or smoke caused by an electrical short, pull fire alarm. 

If fire alarm is sounding the procedures below must be followed.

» Evacuate the building.
» Designated administrator(s) calls 911 to report fire alarm sounding.
» Notify Parkway School District personnel from outside of building.
» Remain outside of building until the Fire Department states it is safe to go back into building.

Evacuate the building.

Do not hesitate to evacuate the building. The safety of students and staff is the primary concern when a fire alarm sounds. Evacuate the building along with the rest of the students and staff.

Make sure staff are trained to insure classroom doors are closed as they leave their rooms.  This will help contain the spread of the natural gas and if the natural gas should ignite, will help contain the spread of fire and smoke. Please note it is against building codes and fire ordinances to prop open doors that have automatic closers. The closers are there to insure that these doors are shut in case of fire.

Follow the building's evacuation plan to insure all students and staff are out of the building and accounted for.

Remain out of the building until the Fire Department states it is safe to go back into the building.

Designated administrator(s) calls 911 to report fire alarm sounding.

Do not call 911 from inside the building. Evacuate the building first, then locate a telephone to make the call. 

Tell the 911 operator that a fire alarm has sounded in response to a natural gas leak. Stay calm and answer the 911 operator's questions to the best of your ability.

The 911 operator may ask the name of the school and the address.  Make sure to stress the full name of the school to avoid confusion (e.g., Parkway West Middle School or Parkway West High School, not West or West Middle, etc.). Know the address of the building.

If known, give the location of the gas leak to the 911 operator.

Safety and Security department will call 911 after 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, weekends, and holidays unless notified that the fire alarm is a false alarm.  However, if staff are in the building during these times please follow the above procedures as a back up. 

Please note the Safety and Security department does not call 911 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is building staff responsibility to call 911 during these times.

Notify Parkway School District personnel from outside of building.

Do not call Parkway School District personnel from inside the building. Evacuate the building first, then locate a telephone to make the call.

Notify the following personnel in the order presented:

  1. Facilities Department at 415-8202 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
  2. Safety and Security at 415-8200
  3. Your Assistant Superintendent at 415-8100 or their direct number
  4. Public Affairs at 415-8082

If you can not reach the personnel on the initial attempt, skip them and go to the next personnel on the list. Come back to the personnel skipped after reaching the end of the list.  Do not leave voice mail messages.

Remain outside of building until the Fire Department states it is safe to go back into building.

Once the Fire Department has been notified, the building is the legal responsibility of the Fire Department. They have the legal right to keep you out of the building until they deem it safe for you to return and can have people interfering with their response arrested. Please cooperate with the Fire Department and follow their instructions.

Remain out of the building until the Fire Department states it is safe to go back into the building.

Do not silence the fire alarm at the fire alarm control panel.  Do not reset the fire alarm control panel. Wait for the Fire Department or Facilities Department personnel to silence the alarm and reset the fire alarm control panel. You may accidentally reset the panel in attempting to silence the alarm.  If the panel is reset, then the information pertaining to the location of the device that initiated the alarm will be lost, increasing the response time.

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