§ 950-1-13-.13. Safety And Emergency Procedures
(1) The Facility maintains a written plan for fire prevention regulations and practices. The plan includes but is not limited to the following: (MANDATORY)
(a) Provision for an adequate fire protection service
(b) a system for fire inspection and testing of equipment at least quarterly or at intervals approved by the authority having jurisdiction
(c) an annual inspection by local or state officials or other qualified persons
(d) availability of fire protection equipment at appropriate locations throughout the Facility
(2) The short-term detention facility provides for a comprehensive and thorough monthly inspection of the Facility for compliance with safety and fire prevention standards by a qualified staff member. The Procedures for these monthly inspections are reviewed annually and updated as needed.
(3) Purchase of short-term detention facility furnishings are made with regard to fire safety performance requirements of the items selected. (MANDATORY)
(4) Facilities which permit employee or visitor smoking are equipped with non-combustible receptacles for smoking materials and separate containers for other combustible refuse at accessible locations throughout the Facility. Special containers are provided for flammable liquids and for rags used with flammable liquids. All receptacles and containers are emptied and cleaned daily. (MANDATORY)
(5) Written regulations govern the control and use of all flammable, toxic, and caustic materials. (MANDATORY)
(6) The Facility has access to an alternate power source to maintain essential services in an emergency. Power generators are tested at least every two weeks and other emergency systems are tested at least quarterly. Repairs and replacements are made as necessary.
(7) The short-term detention facility provides for means of communication between the Facility and community in the event of urgent special or unusual incidents or emergency situations.
(8) Preventive maintenance plans are used in upkeep of the physical plant. Provisions are made for emergency repairs or replacement of equipment in life-threatening situations.
(9) The short-term detention facility has a written evacuation plan prepared in the event of FIRE or MAJOR EMERGENCY. The plan is certified by local or Fire Inspectors. The plan is reviewed annually and updated as necessary. All updates are re-issued to the local fire jurisdiction. The plan includes: (MANDATORY)
(a) location of building/floor plan
(b) use of exit signs and directional arrows
(c) location of publicly posted plan
(d) monthly drills in all occupied locations of the Facility
(e) staff drills where evacuations of dangerous juveniles may not be included
(10) All Facility personnel are trained in the implementation of written emergency plans. The Training is provided prior to beginning job duties and repeated on an annual basis. Changes and updates to the plan are provided to all staff members. (MANDATORY)
(11) The short-term detention facility specifies the means for the immediate release of juveniles from locked areas in case of an emergency and provides for a back-up system. (MANDATORY)
(12) There are written Procedures regarding escapes. These Procedures are reviewed at least annually and updated as needed.(New Rule: Filed December 17, 2004; effective January 21, 2005. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVII, Issue No. 02, November 30, 2018, eff. December 21, 2018.)
Author: Alabama Department of Youth Services, Office of Licensing and Standards
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 44-1-27(a)(b), 44-1-24(4)(6), 38-13-4.
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