REPORT FIRE EMERGENCIES IMMEDIATELY – CALL 9-1-1!
WHEN FIRE ALARM IS ACTIVATED, ALL OCCUPANTS MUST IMMEDIATELY EXIT THE BUILDING!
For non-emergency fire safety and prevention assistance, call X3842 to contact:
Patrick Westropp, Fire Inspector
Pat O’Malley, Fire Inspector
In the United States, college and university students living on campus in residence halls have been experiencing a growth in the number of fire-related emergencies. In just seconds, sparks or a small flame can become a large fire.
There are approximately 1,300 fires that occur in high schools and college and university residence halls. These fires have resulted in less than five deaths, approximately 50 injuries and over $4 million in property losses. Most fires in residence halls occur between the hours of 1:00 am and 7:00 am. Cooking represents a leading cause of residence hall fires second only to arson.
Three basic elements must be present for a fire to occur – an ignition source, fuel and air.
Potential Fuel Sources in Residence Halls
Upholstered furniture, mattresses and bedding
Drapes, curtains and combustible free hanging decorations
Combustible walls, ceilings and flooring
Books, notebooks, and other paper products
Trash and recycling materials
Potential Ignition Sources in Residence Halls
Cooking equipment and appliances
Electric lamps, appliances and space heaters
Candles and incense
Arson or other incendiary devices
Residence Hall Fact Sheet
Students must evacuate during all fire alarms. Delayed evacuation can result in becoming trapped or in serious injury.