Annual Fire Safety Report
This report includes statistics regarding the number/causes of fires, number of fire injuries and deaths, and value of property damage.  It also includes information on each campus student housing fire safety systems, the number of regular mandatory fire drills, fire safety policies and education programs and any plans for needed fire safety improvements
Policies:
Tampering with fire equipment or intentionally causing a false alarm is a misdemeanor under state law. Deliberately causing a fire is a felony. Students found tampering with fire equipment, intentionally causing a false alarm, or deliberately causing a fire will be subject to severe disciplinary actions and arrest. For fire safety reasons, the following are expressly prohibited in residence halls: Cut Christmas trees, candles or any open flame (including incense), potpourri, propane tanks, fireworks, flame based stoves, hookah’s, smoke/fog machines and hot plates. The storage or use of flammable liquids, such as gasoline, kerosene, etc., is strictly prohibited. No bicycles are permitted in corridors, stairwells, or entryways.

Coffee makers, George Forman grills, hotpots and coffee pots are allowed but must have a metal plate under them at all times. Metal plates can be obtained from your Residence Director.
Hanging fabric (tapestries) from the ceiling or in front of doors or windows is prohibited.
If you need to use extension cords, please make sure you use heavy-duty cords with a minimum of 14-gauge wire. Extension cords are not permitted under rugs, carpet, or run through the ceiling or beds (frames).
If you use surge protectors, please be sure that they are heavy duty with a self-tripping breaker.
Only self starting charcoal is permitted when using a grill. All grilling must be conducted at a safe distance (10 feet) from any structure.

In case of fire or fire alarm: Students are expected to leave their residence halls when an alarm sounds. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action. All residents are expected to participate in fire drill evacuations.
Sound the building fire alarm system. Notify a residence hall staff member or Public Safety (ext. 3636 or 911-1) In case of smoke carry a towel to cover your nose and mouth to minimize the danger of asphyxiation. Evacuate the building immediately per instruction given by the Residential Life Staff or Public Safety Staff. Go to the nearest exit assemble outside the residence hall at least 200 feet from the building to allow emergency vehicle access. DO NOT RETURN to the residence hall until an "all clear" signal is given.

 

 

Student housing fire safety systems:
Sunderland fire alarm system is monitored by a central station.  The building has smoke detectors in common spaces (i.e. hallways, stairwells, lounges) but not in resident rooms.
East Houses Long-Miller has a central fire alarm system that is monitored by a central station.  The complex has smoke detectors in common spaces (i.e. hallways, stairwells, lounges) that are tied to the central system.  Each resident room has a smoke detector as well; however they are only tied to the other resident rooms in the apartment.  Only the common room in the apartment is tied to the central system. 
East Houses Flory-Kline receiving a complete building upgrade during the summer of 2007 which included tying all smoke detectors to the central system. These buildings have smoke detectors in common spaces (i.e. hallways, stairwells, lounges) as well as resident rooms and living rooms. 
Cloister, Lesher, Sherwood, South, Tussey-Terrace, Mission, Pink, 1610 Moore Street, 1631 Mifflin Street, 1731 Mifflin Street, 1815 Washington Street and 2111 Cold Springs Road have central fire alarm systems that are monitored by a central station.  The buildings have smoke detectors in common spaces (i.e. hallways, stairwells, lounges) as well as resident rooms and living rooms (in apartments). 

2111 Cold Springs Road and Lesher have a sprinkler system throughout the building.

Lesher has 2 rooms that have been equipped with strobe lights inside the room also South Hall has 4 rooms that have been equipped with strobe lights inside the rooms

Hess Apartments has a central fire alarm system that is monitored by a central station.  The building has smoke detectors in common spaces (i.e. hallways, stairwells, lounges) and in the living room of each apartment but not in resident rooms.
The two student lodges at the Raystown Field Station have smoke detectors in each sleeping area and in all common areas, as well as heat detectors in the kitchen.  When activated the system has an audible strobe light.  Both units are tied into a central monitoring station located in the ground floor of Shuster Hall.

 

 

 

Statics for the year ending

2010

What percentages of your student housing sleeping rooms are protected by an automatic fire sprinkler system with a fire sprinkler head located in the individual sleeping rooms?

13%

What percentages of your student housing sleeping rooms are equipped with a smoke detector that is connected to a supervised fire alarm system?

100%

How many malicious fire alarms occur in student housing per year?

0

How many unwanted fire alarms occur in student housing per year?

89

NOTE: An unwanted fire alarm would be defined as one where a building's fire alarm system is activated by non-emergency conditions, yet the fire alarm system responds appropriately to stimuli that it interprets as a fire condition.

For example, a smoke alarm that is located too close to a shower and is activated by steam, or is adjacent to a cooking area.

What percentage of student housing building fire alarm systems, if activated, result in a signal being transmitted to a monitored location, and security investigates before notifying the fire department?

100 %

What percentage of student housing building fire alarm systems, if activated, results in a signal being transmitted immediately to the fire department so they can begin responding?

0% If Campus Public Safety does not answer the initial call from the fire alarm company, the fire department is dispatched.

How many students are trained in fire safety in campus provided housing each semester?

33

 

What percentage of RAs and housing directors receive fire safety training?

100%

How many contact hours of fire safety training is provided to students not living in student housing (i.e., off-campus, including Greek)?

0

 

 

NOTE: This will not include fire safety training provided to specialties such as laboratory assistants.

This must be actual training with contact time and not include simply handing out brochures, fire safety articles in the student newspaper, etc.

An example of contact hours would include fire extinguisher training that is provided to 30 students in one hour which would equal 30 contact hours.

How many regularly scheduled, supervised exit drills are held per year in student housing?

4

How many fires did your school experience last year in student housing?

0

 

A fire must result in damage to the structure or contents

 

What is the dollar loss related to fire that has occurred on your campus in residential housing?

0

How many students have been injured by fires in student housing?

0

How many students have been killed by fires in student housing?

0

Does your school ban any of the following items or activities in student housing sleeping rooms?

Candles- yes
Halogen lamps – yes
Smoking-Yes
Cooking- Coffee maker, hotpots and George Foreman grills are allowed but must have a metal plate under them at all times.
Live Christmas trees- yes
Ceiling tapestries-yes
Other – (please specify) propane tanks, smoke machine, any open flames including incense, fireworks, potpourri, hookahs, flame heated stoves, hotplates and any appliance with an exposed heating coils, sun lamps portable heaters, storage or use of flammable liquids. Only self starting charcoal is permitted when using a grill. All grilling must be conducted at a safe distance (10 feet) from any structures. Extension cords must be heavy duty with a minimum of 14 gauge wire. Extension cords are not permitted under rugs, carpet, or run through the ceiling or bed frames. If a student uses a surge protector, they must be heavy duty 14 gauge with a self tripping breaker

Does your school require fire-resistance ratings on furniture (including, but not limited to, beds, mattresses, desks, and chairs) in student housing sleeping rooms?

No
Only mattresses

Does your school require that furnishings brought in by the students have fire-resistance ratings?

No

How often is fire safety rules-compliance inspections conducted in your school's student housing?

None

 

 

NOTE: This refers to regularly scheduled, in-room inspections conducted by an inspector or trained individual who is knowledgeable about fire safety issues.

It does not refer to a security officer making regular rounds. ALL of the rooms must be inspected during these inspections and checked for hazards.