Fire Safety

You will receive information about fire safety and evacuation procedures specific to your residence hall at the beginning of each term. It is extremely important that you and your guests know all applicable fire safety procedures for your 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.

In general, you 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 (ie twinkly lights)
  • Natural or artificial trees
  • Non-University electric heaters and air conditioners
  • Halogen lighting equipment and electric blankets
  • Explosives, fireworks, firearms, or ammunition
  • Candles, hookahs, incense, outdoor grills, or any other type of open flame or open coil device (ie toaster ovens, toasters, hot plate burners, George Foreman grills, panini and sandwich makers, rice cookers, slow cookers, etc.). This applies to Shabbat and Hanukkah candles, which may be kindled only in officially designated areas. For Shabbat candle lighting purposes in your room, you may use an incandescent electric light.

The use of extension cords is discouraged; power strips with surge protectors are preferable.

Students found in possession of prohibited items will be subject to disciplinary action. If you have any questions or concerns regarding fire safety, please contact the Office of University Housing & Residence Life.

Evacuation Drills

The Office of Safety and Security may conduct evacuation drills. These are an important way to prepare you to respond to a fire alarm. You must evacuate the building immediately upon hearing the alarm. Residents who do not are subject to disciplinary action.

Emergency Evacuation
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.