Fire Life Safety Inspections
Residence Hall Fire Life Safety Inspections
The Environmental Health and Safety Department (EHSD) conducts fire and life safety inspections of all campus residence halls during the Fall Semester. The intent of these inspections is to increase the level of safety and safety awareness for all occupants of the residence halls. These inspections will include residence hall rooms and staff offices as well as mechanical and common areas.
Inspections will begin around the third week of the semester and will continue until all residence halls have been inspected. All inspections will be conducted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and will be conducted in the presence of a residence hall staff member. Advance notification of all inspections will be provided to hall staff. Safety practices in general and the Fire Life safety rules found in the rules section will be the primary focus of the inspection. Please note, Residence Hall inspections typically check for the following items and more during room inspections:
- Electrical: improper use of extension cords, cover plate missing/damaged, electrical wiring frayed/damaged/crimped, multi-adapter with out breaker in use, prohibited/unapproved appliances
- Fire Alarm Equipment: smoke detector obstructed (min. 24" clear), smoke detector damaged
- Lofts: being less than 30" the ceiling, being of poor construction and/or being placed in an unsafe/unapproved location
- Ignition Sources/Combustible Products: candles/incense being present in the room, flammable liquids in the room, combustible materials near electrical source, and excessive fire load in the room
- Emergency Planning: absence of the evacuation plan on the back of the room door, window/door obstructed
- Miscellaneous: poor housekeeping, floor/wall/ceiling penetrations, and the door closure missing/damaged
The University Apartments Fire, Life and Safety Inspections take place the fall and spring semester, usually in October and April. Inspections happen between 10 am and 6 pm. The intent of these inspections is to increase the level of safety and safety awareness for all residents of the University Apartments. These inspections will include all apartments and staff offices as well as mechanical and common areas. Safety practices in general and the fire and life safety rules found in the University Apartments Rental Contract and the University Apartments Handbook will be the primary focus of the inspection. Staff will also document any university/apartment policy violation found during the inspection.
Upon completion of the inspection, EHSD staff will leave a paper summary of any deficiencies found. Residents will be given a three days deadline to correct any deficiencies. Residents will only be responsible for correcting deficiencies related to items in their control. Failure to correct items within the given deadline could result in disciplinary action up to and including lease termination. University Apartments maintenance staff will correct any facility related deficiencies.
This is a list of reminders of general safety practices and the fire, life and safety rules:
- All stove tops and ovens must be free of foil and kept clean at all times. Foil serves as a source of grease build up around the stove top that may be a potential fire hazard.
- Residents are not permitted to have unapproved appliances. Specifically, halogen lamps, space heaters, gas grills, washer/dryers (Avenue A, and 2nd and 3rd floors of the Gardens).
- The Gas/CO monitors must remain in their original location, plugged in and be functional at all times.
- Smoke detectors must be free of any obstruction and must not be tampered with at any time. No items must be found hanging on the water sprinklers in the Gardens or else where in the apartments.
- Power strips with surge protectors are the only approved extension cords. Power strips may only be plugged into the wall socket directly. Connecting one power strip to another power strip is not allowed.
- Entrances/exits in your apartment must be free of furniture. Furniture may not block windows and doors must be able to open 90 degrees without interference.
- Smoking is not allowed in the apartments. Evidence of smoking such as cigarette butts, ashes in trash cans, and strong cigarette odor in the bedroom or bathroom may result in disciplinary action.
- Pets are not allowed to visit or live in any university Apartments. Pets found are subject to immediate removal.
- Residents must keep their apartments clean. Residents not keeping their apartment clean and contributing to pest problems may receive notice of judicial action or contract termination from the University Apartments.