The Department of Residence Life takes fire safety very seriously. By following some simple procedures, you can help protect yourself and your community from fires.
Fire Equipment in Your Room/Apartment
- Every on-campus residence is equipped with smoke detectors and sprinklers.
- Do not hang anything on sprinklers or cover sprinklers in any way.
- Do not cover smoke detectors for any reason.
Have an Exit Strategy
- If the fire alarm sounds, residents should immediately evacuate their room/apartment via the nearest exit. Emergency exits are designated on balconies, breezeways, and in hallways with illuminated signs. In light of COVID-19, residents should wear a face covering while evacuating the building and avoid gathering in large groups after evacuating.
- If the smoke detector in your room/apartment is sounding and the building alarm has not sounded, pull the nearest fire alarm pull station to activate the building alarm.
- Do not re-enter your room/apartment until directed to do so by the fire department or Residence Life staff.
Keep Exits Clear
- To ensure everyone in the community can exit safely in an emergency situation, all hallways, stairways, breezeways, walkways and building entrances/exits must be kept clear. Personal items may not be stored in these areas.
- Room and apartment doors should be able to open 90 degrees.
- Patios at the Gardens Apartments are not considered emergency exits. However, patios may not be used as storage space. Only bicycles and charcoal grills may be kept on patios.
Fire extinguishers are located throughout residential buildings in hallways, breezeways, and along balconies. Fire extinguishers should only be used after the alarm pull station has been activated and the fire department has been contacted.
To use a fire extinguisher, remember PASS:
- Pull the pin to unlock the operating lever
- Aim low; point the nozzle as the base of the fire
- Squeeze the lever to discharge the extinguishing agent
- Sweep the nozzle from side to side along the base of the fire until the flames are out
If the fire re-ignites, repeat the process. Never turn your back on a fire.
Fire and Life Safety Inspections
Residence Life, in conjunction with Environmental Health and Safety, conducts annual Fire and Life Safety (FLS) Inspections in each resident room and apartment.
A Residence Life staff member will escort an inspector into each room/apartment to conduct the inspections. In light of COVID-19, Residence Life may be reevaluating the Fire and Life Safety Inspection process to adhere to social/physical distancing guidelines. A summary of the inspection will be provided to you after the inspection. Residents will be responsible for correcting any deficiencies found during the inspection. Following these policies will help ensure your room does not have any deficiencies during the fire and life safety inspection.
- Extension Cords and multi-plug adapters are not allowed. Residents must use a power strip with a built-in circuit breaker.
- Microwaves and refrigerators must be plugged directly into wall outlets (except in balcony-style halls).
- Power strips must be plugged directly into walls and cannot be plugged into each other.
- Cords may not be run under carpets, above ceiling tiles, or be pinched in any way, including in bed springs or under mattresses.
- Do not use candles or any other prohibited appliances.
- Do not obstruct sprinkler heads or smoke detectors (there must be 18 inches of clearance below these).
Microwaves and Refrigerators (Residence Halls Only)
- Only 1 microwave is allowed per room UNLESS:
- Both residents have rented MicroChill units which are fridge/freezer/microwave combos. This is the only way 2 microwaves are allowed.
- These combo fridges are designed to turn off the fridge/freezer when the microwave runs, so additional amperage is not needed.
- You can rent these at collegeproducts.com/tamu. They will be delivered for you and picked up at the end of the year.
- 2 refrigerators are allowed in the residence halls.
- They must be under 4.4 cubic feet.
No full size refrigerators or freezers allowed in the residence halls.
We want your on-campus room/apartment to feel like home and understand that you likely have many items you’d like to bring to personalize your space. However, this year, in light of changes to our move-in procedures related to COVID-19, we encourage you to bring with you only what you need for the semester.
Due to fire safety concerns, these appliances are not allowed in on-campus residences:
- Toasters or toaster ovens*
- Sandwich Press/indoor electric grill*
- Hot Plate, electric skillet, or electric griddle
- Pressure Cooker/Insta-Pot (air fryers, slow cookers, bread machines, rice cookers, and coffee pots are permitted)
- Space Heaters
- Halogen Lamps
- Extension Cords
*Allowed in apartments due to the kitchen inside the dwelling.
Fireworks, Explosives, Open Flames, and Toxic Fumes
Due to the risk of fire, explosion and toxic fumes associated with these items, they are not allowed in residential facilities:
- Candles (or anything with an open flame), incense, candle warmers (Scentsy-type warmers that use a 25-watt bulb are permitted, but should not be used unattended)
- Fireworks, explosives, charcoal, lighter fluid, etc.
- Hoverboards and electric or gas-operated vehicles (skateboards, scooters, bikes, etc.)
- 3D printers
True or False: Lighter fluid may be kept in your room/apartment for grill use.
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