(a)  Lighting fixtures in sleeping rooms and dayrooms shall provide at least 30 footcandles of artificial light, and they shall have diffusers designed to illuminate a horizontal area from a ceiling or wall position.

(b)  Artificial lighting in the inspection and control corridors shall be at least 20 footcandles.

(c)  The artificial lighting at night in the sleeping rooms shall not exceed two footcandles.

(d)  The lighting levels in the non‑domiciliary portions of the jail shall be within ranges recommended by the I.E.S. (Illumination Engineering Society) for the particular activity.

(e)  Lighting fixtures in the inmate‑occupied areas shall be of the security type, and the wiring controls and fixtures shall be inaccessible to inmates (see Rule .1527 of this Section).

(f)  Confinement areas shall be heated within a range of not less than 70 degrees nor more than 75 degrees.  Confinement areas shall not have a heater or furnace that burns liquid or solid fuel.

(g)  Wiring, temperature controls, and heat distribution equipment shall be inaccessible to inmates.

(h)  Each facility shall provide adequate air circulation and ventilation of confinement areas in compliance with the North Carolina State Building Code.

(i)  Confinement areas shall be cooled within a range of not less than 75 degrees nor more than 85 degrees.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 153A‑220; 153A‑221;

Eff. June 1, 1990;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. January 5, 2016.