501 KAR 7:070. Safety; emergency procedures

Link to law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/501/007/070.htm
Published: 2015

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      501 KAR 7:070.

Safety; emergency procedures.



441.045, 441.055


AUTHORITY: KRS 196.035, 197.020, 441.055


FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 441.055(1) requires the Department of Corrections

to promulgate administrative regulations establishing minimum standards for

jails that house state prisoners. This administrative regulation establishes

safety and emergency procedures to be followed in restricted custody centers.


      Section 1. Policy

and Procedure. (1) Each center shall have a written policy and procedure that

specifies fire prevention practices to provide for the safety of prisoners,

visitors, and jail employees. The policy shall include:

      (a) A fire emergency

planning session for jail employees at least quarterly;

      (b) Maintaining

written documentation of the fire planning session including evacuation, fire

drills, and other procedures covered during this session;

      (c) A fire safety

inspection by the department at least once a year;

      (d) Inspection and

testing of fire protection equipment by a qualified person at least annually

with visual inspections by jail personnel monthly;

       e) All restricted

custody centers shall be tobacco free facilities; and

      (f) An evacuation

plan coordinated with local fire officials and approved by the department.

      (2) Each center

shall have written policy and procedures for emergency situations including:

      (a) Escape;

      (b) Hostage


      (c) Riot;

      (d) Food


      (e) Civil

disturbance in the community;

      (f) Natural


      (g) Suicide;

      (h) Other death

and disorder; and

      (i) Mass

evacuation disaster plan.


      Section 2.

Physical Plant. (1) The center shall comply with the Kentucky Building Code,

incorporated by reference in 815 KAR 7:120. An existing center for which

approval has been granted may continue without change, except if a significant

alteration, addition, or change of occupancy occurs.

      (2) Each exit

shall be:

      (a) Distinctly and

permanently marked;

      (b) Visible at all


      (c) Kept clear;


      (d) Maintained in

usable condition.

      (3) Each center

shall have equipment necessary to maintain essential lights, power, HVAC, and

communications in an emergency situation.

      (4) Each center

shall have a fire alarm and smoke detection system.

      (5) Each area shall have a fire-suppression system.

(13 Ky.R. 822; eff. 11-11-86; Am. 27 Ky.R. 1582; 2141; eff. 2-15-2001; 31 Ky.R.

1574; 1807; eff. 5-26-05; 34 Ky.R. 2481; eff. 8-1-08; 37 Ky.R. 2979; 38 Ky.R.

587; eff. 10-7-11.)