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Fire Hazards

The following objects are among the items that are prohibited. This is not an exhaustive list.

If you have a question about an appliance or item not listed here, please contact the campus fire marshal at (585) 899-3833.

More information can be found on the fire safety page of the Office of Safety and Security website.

  • Any device with an open flame (candles, Bunsen Burners, etc.).
    Examples of prohibited open flame devices [pdf]
  • Incense
    Examples of prohibited open flame devices [pdf]
  • Halogen lamps, neon signs, or medusa/multi-head lamps with plastic shades.
    Examples of prohibited lamps/signs [pdf]
  • Heat activated or plug-in type air fresheners.
    Examples of prohibited air fresheners [pdf]
  • Extension cords and multi-plug adapters. UL-listed power strips with a circuit breaker are permitted. No more than one strip can be used per outlet. Power strips cannot be plugged into each other (i.e. "daisy chained"). Power strips should not pose a safety hazard.
    Examples of prohibited extension cords/adapters [pdf]
    Examples of approved power strips [pdf]
  • No items, objects and/or materials are permitted to be fastened to, covering, set upon or hanging from the ceiling, ceiling tiles, ceiling lights, smoke detectors and/or sprinkler heads.
  • Material, fabric, and/or textiles, such as flags, tapestries and the like, are not permitted as wall coverings or decorations in any Residence Hall.
  • Any item hanging on a wall must be a minimum of 18 inches from the ceiling in Founders Hall, Haffey Hall, Dorsey Hall, Keough Hall, Murray Hall, and Ward Hall,
  • Any item hanging on a wall must be a minimum of 24 inches from the ceiling in Murphy Hall and Michaelhouse Hall.
  • Decorative lighting cannot touch or be in contact with any combustible material (i.e. lights wrapped around a bed frame, lights intertwined with curtains, etc.)
  • Torn or ripped chairs, couches, or furniture.
  • Rugs, carpets, or curtains unless they are flame resistant and labeled as such. (The College has flame-resistant curtains, carpets, mattresses, and furniture in all residence hall rooms.)
  • Natural (potted or fresh cut) decorations (examples include pine decorations, leaves, cornstalks, etc.).
    Examples of prohibited natural decorations [pdf]
  • Electric or fuel portable heaters and air conditioners.
    Examples of prohibited heaters/air conditioners [pdf]
  • All electrical appliances used for cooking food, including hot plates, indoor grills, toasters, toaster ovens, or electric frying pans, etc.
    Examples of prohibited electrical appliances [pdf]
  • Hoverboards, also known as motorized self-balancing or hands-free scooters.
    Examples of prohibited hoverboards [pdf]
  • Personal items, objects, and furniture impeding emergency egress.

Be Fire Safe Every Day

  • Unplug hair dryers and curling irons when not in use.
  • Be aware of your surroundings - Know Two Ways Out [pdf]
  • Don't use space heaters. Report any heating issues in your room to Facilities.
  • Don't use extension cords or cube taps.
  • Don't overload power strips.
  • Keep halls and stairwells clear of clutter.
  • If the building evacuation alarm sounds - leave the building.
  • Know your residence hall short-term and long-term assembly points.

Residence Hall Fire Alarms

Smoke detectors are sensitive to a number of items in addition to smoke from fire, including high levels of dust, powders, steam, and mists. A room or hall smoke detector may activate upon exposure to these products. This type of activation is classified as a nuisance alarm. The Fire Department must respond in emergency mode to any fire alarm activation on Campus, and the College can be fined by the Town for excessive nuisance alarms.

Learn more: Understanding Your Residence Hall Fire Alarm System [pdf]

Campus Fire Safety Bulletins