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Can classroom doors be propped open?

The answer to this question is tough in that it really does depend on the individual situation. In general, non-rated classroom doors may be propped open but only with an approved hold-open device. Under no circumstance would it be acceptable to prop open a classroom door with a kick-down device, a wooden wedge, or a trash can. Examples of approved hold-open devices include but are not limited to: magnetic hold-open devices or friction devices. Any hold-open device installed on a door must only require 1-motion to close.

News & Info for Schools

OSFM Announces Fire Safety Poster Contest

OSFM | Sep 16, 2013

We are pleased to announce that the Office of the State Fire Marshal is conducting a statewide fire safety poster contest. The purpose of the contest is to recognize those elementary school students that best demonstrate an understanding of fire safety tips.

The contest will take place during the month of October to coincide with Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12). The contest will help emphasize and support the fire safety education efforts of local fire departments. Graphic of Fire Safety Poster Contest Flyer

The contest will be divided into two age groups: Grades K -3 and Grades 4-6. Posters will be judged first by local fire departments, and those winning local entries will be submitted to the State Fire Marshal where a winner in each category will be named.

All posters submitted to our office will be displayed in the State Capitol rotunda during a week in January. The two state-wide winners will be invited to meet Governor Sam Brownback and Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen and have their pictures taken with them.

Contest rules, datelines and other information are available on our website and must be followed to be considered.

We encourage all local fire departments in Kansas to take this opportunity to work with the schools in their areas to reinforce their efforts in safeguarding Kansans and, in particular, its children.

For more information about the Fire Safety Poster Contest click here!