505 KAR 2:050. Safety and emergency procedures

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Published: 2015

      505 KAR 2:050. Safety and emergency

procedures.

 

      RELATES TO: KRS 15A.210-15A.240

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 15A.210

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY:

KRS 15A.210 mandates that the Department of Juvenile Justice issue administrative

regulations governing juvenile detention centers and juvenile holding

facilities.

 

      Section 1. (1) The facility shall

file documentation with the Department of Juvenile Justice that the facility

complies with the applicable fire safety codes. A fire alarm and automatic

detection system shall be required as approved by the Department of Juvenile

Justice, or there shall be a plan for addressing these or other deficiencies

within a reasonable time period. The Department of Juvenile Justice may approve

any variances, exceptions, or equivalencies that do not constitute a serious

life safety threat to the occupants of the facility.

      (2) The facility shall comply with

applicable federal, state and local sanitation, safety and health codes.

      (3) A juvenile detention center or

holding facility shall establish a written policy and procedure providing for a

local fire and safety officer to perform a comprehensive and thorough monthly

inspection of the facility for compliance with safety and fire prevention

standards and for an annual review of this policy and procedure. There shall be

a weekly fire and safety inspection of the facility by a qualified departmental

staff member.

      (4) A juvenile detention center or

holding facility shall establish a written policy and procedure specifying the

facility’s fire prevention regulations and practices to ensure the safety of

staff, juveniles, and visitors. These shall include the following:

      (a) Provision for an adequate fire

protection service;

      (b) A system of fire inspection and

testing of equipment at least quarterly;

      (c) An annual inspection by the

Department of Juvenile Justice or its designee; and

      (d) Availability of fire hoses or

extinguishers at appropriate locations throughout the facility.

      (5) Specification for the selection

and approval of facility furnishings shall indicate the fire safety performance

requirements of the materials selected. The materials shall be subjected to

careful fire safety evaluation before purchase or use. Neoprene or cotton

mattresses treated with boric acid are recommended. Polyurethane shall not be

used in any living area.

      (6) The facility shall be equipped

with noncombustible receptacles for smoking materials and separate containers

for other combustible refuse at readily accessible locations in the living quarters

and other locations throughout the facility. Special containers shall be

provided for flammable liquids and for rags used with flammable liquids.

      (7)(a) All new and renovated

facilities opened after July 1, 1987 shall have an alternate power source to

maintain essential services for the entire facility.

      (b) All existing facilities shall

provide a sufficient alternate power source to operate emergency lighting,

smoke detectors and alarms.

      (8) The facility shall have a written

plan for evacuation in the event of fire or major emergency. This plan shall be

approved by the Department of Juvenile Justice. The plan shall be reviewed annually,

updated if necessary, and reissued to the local fire jurisdiction. The plan

includes the following:

      (a) Location of building and floor

plans;

      (b) Use of exit signs and directional

arrows for traffic flow;

      (c) Location of publicly posted

plans;

      (d) At least quarterly drills on all

shifts in all institution locations; and

      (e) Staff drills when it is

impossible to evacuate extremely dangerous juveniles.

      (9) A juvenile detention center or

holding facility shall establish a written policy and procedure specifying the

means for the prompt release of juveniles from locked areas in case of

emergency, and provide for a secondary release system.

      (10) All facility personnel shall be

trained in the implementation of written emergency plans.

      (11) A juvenile detention center or

holding facility shall establish a written policy and procedure governing the

control and use of all flammable, toxic and caustic materials. (26 Ky.R. 1277;

Am. 1545; eff. 2-14-2000.)
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