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OVERHEAD ELEMENTS

(A/E) indicates an architect or engineer should be consulted. (LS) indicates a life safety hazard. Items in italics are generally already taken care of in public schools if they were part of recent, state-approved construction.

1. Does the suspended ceiling have diagonal bracing wires? (solution OE1) (A/E) (LS)

2. Are the fluorescent light fixtures merely resting on the hung ceiling grid, without another support? (solution EE1) (A/E) (LS)

3. Do pendant mounted light fixtures or chandeliers have safety cables? (solution OE4) (LS)

4. Will hanging light fixtures swing freely, not hitting each other if allowed to swing 45 degrees minimum? (fix or remove fixtures) (LS)

5. Are decorative ceiling panels or latticework securely attached? (solution OE1)

6. Will spotlights remain securely attached if shaken? (secure them)

7. Are sound system speakers in elevated locations anchored to structure? (secure speakers)

8. Are suspended space heaters, especially gasfired, braced and/or have flexible gas connections? (solution OE2) (A/E)

9. Do hanging plants, mobiles, or displays have closed eye-hooks, and can they swing freely 45 degrees? (secure objects in safe locations, see solution EF4)

10. Could chandeliers swing freely, not hitting each other, or windows, roof trusses, or walls? (immobilize or move chandeliers)

11. Are air distribution grills or diffusers securely mounted? (provide anchorage)

12. Do large metal air distribution ducts, especially those suspended a few feet, have diagonal bracing? (solution OE3) (A/E)

13. Have heavy objects been removed from the tops of shelves? For 5 & 6 year olds, overhead objects are only 3 feet off the floor. (remove the objects) (LS)