General Fire Safety
- Approximately 250 buildings
- Approximately 8.5 million square feet of building space
- The campuses consist of approximately 1,500 acres
- Over 85% of university owned buildings are sprinkled and/or contain a fire alarm system (This number incorporates non-occupied buildings)
- All student living facilities are fully sprinkled and protected with a fire alarm system
- All fire alarm systems on the campus are monitored 24/7
- Approximately 4,200 fire extinguishers
- Approximately 450 AED’s
Top Ten Code Violations
- Fire doors propped open: Fire doors are designed to contain a fire for a certain amount of time to limit the damage as well as give occupants ample time evacuate. These doors are required to be self-closing and positive latching. For this reason, fire doors cannot be propped open.
- Blocking paths of egress: Hallways and paths to exits must be clear of obstructions to ensure the safe evacuation of occupants. All hallways are designed to a certain dimension that is proven to allow occupants safe passage. Anything blocking or hindering the clear width of a hallway can delay or obstruct someone from safely leaving a building.
- Obstructions to fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers, electrical panels & water heaters: These devices are in place to notify of an emergency, help mitigate a situation and to make everyday life a little more comfortable. The fire alarm pull stations and fire extinguishers should be free of obstructions, easily accessible and maintained in a manner to not hinder anyone who may need to use them. The electrical panel and water heaters should be kept clear in case of an emergency and there should be no combustible material stored near them as these pieces of equipment produce heat.
- Broken/missing ceiling tile: Ceiling tiles are part of the fire protection system. Any damaged or missing ceiling tiles can allow the fire and smoke to travel farther and faster, but it can also enable the designed fire protection systems such as sprinkler systems to work as designed.
- No self-closing device on hazardous area doors: Fire doors are required to be self-closing and positive latching. This helps protect the spread of fire and helps contain it within a certain area to allow safe exit of occupants.
- Extension cords as permanent wiring: Extension cords are not allowed by University Policy.
- Appliances plugged into power strips: High power draw appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves and space heaters must be plugged directly into a wall receptacle. In addition, space heaters must comply with the University Policy.
- Surge protectors/power strips not properly mounted: These devices must be mounted a minimum of 8” up off the floor and must be mounted in a way to prevent physical damage and liquid damage.
- Open electrical junction boxes: Usually these devices are hidden from view but they still must be properly protected.
- GFIC receptacles not provided: Electrical receptacles within 6’ of a sink, tub, and other water source must be protected with a ground fault interrupter.
Items Banned From Student Housing:
Micro Fridges, Microwaves, and Refrigerator
Rooms in Centennial Place, Eagle Village, Freedom’s Landing, Southern Pines, Southern Courtyard, University Villas, and Kennedy Apartments are equipped with a full size refrigerator as well as a microwave. Rooms in Kennedy Suites and Watson Pods are equipped with a refrigerator.
The Forbidden 5
- Extension Cords
Other Things NOT To Bring:
- Netting, parachutes, and large flags or other large fabric items used for decorations
- Animals (except properly documented service and assistance animals and fish in 10 gallon or less aquarium)
- Shot glasses and/or other alcohol paraphernalia
- Candles, incense
- Extension cords
- Electrical decorations (neon signs, etc.)
- Charcoal, electric, and gas grills
- George Foreman Grills are not allowed in Kennedy Suites and Watson Pods.
- Any electrical item that is not in good condition
- Micro Fridges/refrigerator
- Portable heaters and air conditioners
- Martial Arts equipment, guns (of any kind including BB, pellet, and paintball), medieval weapons, hunting equipment (knives, bow & arrows, rifles, etc.) and any other weapons.
- Toaster ovens
- Electrical frying pans
- Deep fryers
- Halogen lamps
Last updated: 5/3/2018