Fire Safety

Residents will receive residence hall specific information about fire safety and evacuation procedures at the beginning of each term. It is extremely important that residents familiarize themselves and their guests with all applicable fire safety procedures in their assigned building. Residents who fail to fully comply with applicable fire safety procedures, who fail to abide by building emergency evacuation procedures, or who otherwise violate rules and regulations related to fire safety will be subject to disciplinary action. Students with disabilities-- mobility or hearing-- will work with the Office of Disabilities and the Office of University Housing & Residence Life to form an evacuation plan.

In general, residents are expected to maintain adequate standards of cleanliness to avoid fire hazards and must not obstruct sidewalks, entrances, passages, fire escapes, elevators, lobbies, stairways, corridors, or halls with personal property. The following items are prohibited in the residence halls and will be confiscated:

  • Flammable decorations
  • Natural or artificial trees
  • Electric heaters, air conditioners (when not provided by the university), hot plate burners
  • Halogen lighting equipment
  • Candles*, hookahs, incense, outdoor grills, or any other type of open flame or open coil device
  • Explosives, fireworks, firearms, or ammunition

* This applies to Shabbat and Hanukkah candles. Shabbat and Hanukkah candles may be kindled only in officially designated areas. An incandescent electric light should be utilized in student rooms for Shabbat candle lighting purposes.

Evacuation Drills

Periodic evacuation drills are conducted in conjunction with the Office of Safety and Security. These drills are an important means of preparing residents to respond to the sounding of the fire alarm. Residents must evacuate the building immediately upon hearing the fire alarm.


General Emergency Fire Safety Instructions
A.  Keep calm. Do not panic. Notify the Fire Department as soon as possible. Fire Department personnel will be on the scene of a fire within minutes of receiving an alarm.
B.  If your building is equipped with a fire alarm and that alarm is sounded, you should evacuate the building in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Fire Safety notice affixed to the back of the room/suite entry door. WHEN A FIRE ALARM SOUNDS, ALWAYS EVACUATE THE BUILDING.
C.  Because flame, heat, and smoke rise, generally a fire on a floor below your room or apartment presents a greater threat to your safety than a fire on a floor above.
D.  Do not overestimate your ability to put out a fire. Most fires cannot be easily or safely extinguished alone. Do not attempt to put a fire out once it begins to quickly spread. If you attempt to put a fire out, make sure you have a clear path of retreat from the room.
E.  When exiting the building during a fire, close all doors as you exit to confine the fire. Never use the elevator. It could stop between floors or take you to where the fire is.
F.  Heat, smoke, and gases emitted by burning materials can quickly choke you. If you are caught in a heavy smoke condition where visibility is poor, get down on the floor and crawl. Take short breaths, breathing through your nose.
G.  If your clothes catch fire, don't run. Stop where you are, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands to protect your face and lungs, and roll over to smother the flames.