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Fire Safety Concerns


Speak to your Resident Assistant (RA) or contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life about any building safety concerns.  In addition to building safety features, you can monitor your own habits to greatly reduce fire hazards. The following items are especially important to reduce the risk of a fire.

Personal Safety: Tips for living on campus

  • Appliances like electric grills and deep fryers can be dangerous if used improperly. Read instructions carefully.
  • Practice safe cooking: Do not leave your cooking unattended for any length of time. This includes food in toaster ovens and microwaves.
  • Make sure to clean out toasters, toaster ovens and other cooking appliances to make sure nothing burns in the appliance.
  • Make sure to turn on the cooking fan or open a window when using the stovetop so smoke does not build and trigger the fire alarm.
  • Watch the use of flat irons or hair dryers to close to the detectors.  Smoke or steam can set off the alarms.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets. Require a trained professional investigate whenever a breaker trips.
  • Ensure that extension cords are never run under rugs or across doorways.
  • If you are a smoker, there is no smoking in the residence halls or on campus. Students who smoke should go off campus.
  • Know where to locate (and how to properly use) a fire extinguisher.
  • Do not tamper with fire safety equipment for any reason.
  • Memorize and practice any published fire escape routes.
  • Treat each alarm as a real fire emergency and always evacuate. When outside of the building, move away from the building in case there is an actual fire emergency. Go to the rally point.

Items NOT permitted in the residence halls for fire safety reasons:

  • Halogen Lamps
  • Portable heaters (space heaters, kerosene heaters, etc.)
  • Fireworks
  • Candles / Incense

Off-Campus Fire Safety Tips

Each building has unique properties and safety issues, check out the Fire Safety Checklist intended as a guide for assessing a potential rental property.

  • Investigate the recommended detection features and fire escape routes.
  • Inspect the appliances and all heating elements. Check electrical cores and coils. Will you need a portable heater* in the winter?
  • Are there a sufficient number electrical outlets? Electrical cords can compromise fire safety if there are too many or they are improperly placed.
  • If applicable, inspect the fireplace. Especially if there are fire places in several units, make sure your landlord takes responsibility for inspecting and/or scheduling each annual chimney cleaning.
  • You should know if your landlord is careful to properly store necessary combustible materials outside, away from heat and people. 


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