Fire Safety on Campus and Evacuation Procedures
In residence halls:
Housing & Dining Services works with Poudre Fire Authority, CSU police and the university’s Environmental Health Services department to ensure a safe environment for residence hall and apartment life students and their families. Housing staff and other university health and safety officials monitor all standards. Student rooms are periodically inspected to help promote fire-and life-safety awareness, as well as identifying any noncompliance with safety standards.
Poudre Fire Authority and CSU:
- Provide fire safety education
- Schedule fire drills at all residence halls each semester
- Jointly investigate fires on campus
- Provide fire safety training to all residence hall staff
- Perform fire code inspections for building remodels and new construction
To maintain a safe campus environment in residence halls, smoking, candles, and open flames are not allowed in residence halls and only safe, low wattage, UL-approved electrical appliances without open coils may be used. For more detailed information about fire safety policies, see the Residence Hall Handbook at http://reshallpolicies.colostate.edu/fire-escape-safety or call Residence Life at 970-491-4719.
These policies include (but are not limited to):
- Halogen lamps are prohibited.
- Candles and open flames are not allowed. Due to fire safety and the Poudre Fire Authority’s adoption of the 2006 International Fire Code, candles — including unburned or decorative — and any items with an open flame or exposed heating coils, are not allowed in residence hall rooms. Incense burning is also not permitted.
- Flammable liquids such as kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid, and other flammable liquids are NOT permitted in the residence halls.
- Appliances are allowed on a limited basis. The misuse and illegal use of electrical appliances create serious hazards in residence halls. Only safe, relatively low-wattage appliances are permitted in your room. These include hair dryers, shavers, hot curlers, study lamps, radios, televisions, DVD and CD players, electric blankets, thermostatically controlled coffee makers, popcorn poppers, small microwave ovens, and compact refrigerators. Do not cook with open flames or coils. Toasters, toaster ovens, or electric coil cook tops are not allowed. Do not leave food in an appliance unattended. Fires have even been caused by popcorn burning in a microwave!
- Electrical light fixtures are not to be modified in any way. If additional outlets are needed, special multiple-outlet boxes with built-in breakers can be purchased at a hardware store. Each power strip used must be plugged into a wall outlet – do not plug power strips into other power strips. Appliances such as microwaves and refrigerators must be plugged directly into a wall outlet, not an extension cord or power strip.
- Colorado State University residence halls are equipped with:
- Smoke and heat detectors
- Fire alarm pull stations
- Fire sprinkler flow switches
- Alarm notification devices
- Fire extinguishers are located on every floor as well as in the main office of each residence hall.
- Each residence hall conducts a minimum of two drills per year, with some conducting as many as four. Drills prepare building occupants for an organized evacuation in case of a fire or other emergency. During the drills, students learn the locations of the emergency exits and how to exit the building.
- Plans for future fire safety improvements are considered when residence halls are constructed or remodeled, and CSU conducts health and safety inspections to constantly monitor the fire safety systems to be sure they are in good working order and makes repairs as needed. Several housing buildings are being updated with new fiber paths and fire panels in order to start upgrades of the fire systems once funding is available. Numerous buildings on campus are being updated with new fiber paths and fire panels. Once these upgrades are installed and funding is secured, the horn/strobes are being updated to horn/speakers in order to be able to make announcements throughout the building using the fire system. Other campus buildings are being updated with sprinkler systems as funding becomes available.
On campus in all buildings
- All fire alarm panels display a detailed graphic map pinpointing the exact location of the device in alarm or trouble in the building for CSUPD.
- Fire extinguishers and suppression systems are regularly tested.
- Fire safety education and training programs are offered.
- Fire extinguisher training is available to building proctors, housing staff (Residence Directors, Assistant Residence Directors, Residence Assistants), and faculty and staff.
- Annual evacuation drills are conducted in university buildings including identifying the location of fire alarm pull stations, AEDs, alternate exits and areas of refuge.
- Annual evacuation drills are coordinated by the University Coordinator for Emergency Management for numerous academic buildings.
- Evacuation drills may be done in collaboration with CSUPD and Poudre Fire Authority.
- Drills are to prepare building occupants for an organized evacuation in case of a fire or other emergency.
- During a drill, occupants learn the locations of the emergency exits in the buildings and the direction to travel when exiting the building.
- Each campus building has an assigned building proctor, an assistant proctor, and a building safety plan, developed with the assistance of building proctors.
- Building proctors are trained to assist in emergencies and drills. Building proctors are listed here https://www.fm.colostate.edu/proctors.
For more information regarding fire safety, education or training, contact the University Coordinator for Emergency Management, in the Department of Environmental Health Services, at http://www.ehs.colostate.edu/WEmergencyMgt/Home.aspx.
To report a fire
To report an active fire, call 911 or pull a fire alarm pull station.
To report a fire that has previously occurred you may contact:
- Colorado State University Police Department at 970-491-6425
- Housing Assistant Safety Coordinator at 970-491-6511 (if a fire occurred in a residence hall or dining center)
- University Coordinator for Emergency Management at 970-491-6745
General evacuation procedures and university emergency response
- When a fire alarm is activated, all residents, guests, and staff are to evacuate the building immediately. NO EXCEPTIONS!
- Before an emergency arises, make sure you know the location of exits and your meeting area.
- In a fire situation:
- Do not panic; stay as calm as possible. You will need to think clearly to make the right decisions.
- If you are inside of a room with a door with a doorknob, feel the doorknob with the back of your hand or palm to test for heat.
- If the door is cool, brace yourself against it, and open it slowly to check for flames or smoke.
- If there is smoke in the air, stay low and move quickly in a crouched position or crawl to the nearest exit. The most breathable air is always near the floor.
- If one exit is blocked, try the next nearest exit.
- Alert others by shouting or knocking on doors as you make your way to an exit.
- Always escape via stairs – never use elevators during a fire.
- Once you evacuate, follow directions of fire and police personnel, and never re-enter the building until authorized.
- Some buildings on campus have designated meeting areas for students and employees when an evacuation occurs.
- Failure to evacuate a building is a serious act that could result in disciplinary action.
When a fire alarm occurs in the following buildings, a full evacuation is required:
- AV Honors
- International House
The following buildings are evacuated by wings; an alarm in one wing may not sound in all other wings.
Moby Arena complex is evacuated by section:
- Moby Arena
- Moby-B Wing and Intramural Gym
Fire extinguishers are placed in academic and office buildings according to fire code.
Abusing fire equipment, intentionally creating a false alarm, or intentionally setting a fire are serious crimes. Violators are subject to fines, university disciplinary procedures, and criminal prosecution.