In an effort to ensure that Guam’s polling sites are safe for our voters and supporters, the Guam Fire Department would like to send this public service announcement:
GFD is permitting curb-side voting in the Fire Lanes of the polling venues for our voters with disabilities. However, the driver of the vehicle MUST remain in the vehicle at all times while it is in the Fire Lane.
Electrical wiring for temporary structures (canopies) must be in compliance with NFPA 70. This means that all wiring shall be approved for temporary outdoor use. Use of “pigtails” for lighting is strictly prohibited. If electrical sockets are incorporated into the wiring, it shall be of the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) type.
Outdoor cooking that produces sparks or grease-laden vapors, such as barbecuing, shall not be performed within 20 feet of any canopy with a combustible tarp. The only exception is canopies with metallic or non-combustible roofing. Also, portable fire extinguishers are required to be on hand.
If generators are used, they shall be separated from any canopy by a minimum of 20 feet and shall be isolated from contact with the public.
One other very important issue is the means of egress or the escape route. Ensure that all canopies have a direct escape route to the outside of the canopy and ensure there are no flammable or combustible materials within 10 feet of these escape routes.
We wish all voters and supporters a very safe Election Day!
Thank you from The Guam Fire Department.