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Fire Prevention

Help Eliminate University Fire Hazards - The Department of Public Safety is dedicated to providing a safe atmosphere for all members of the University Community. However, as members of the community there are things that you can do to prevent fires from occurring and protecting yourself.


  • Cook in approved areas only and attend to your food while cooking.
  • Make sure cooking area is well ventilated, or if a stove is equipped with a fan, turn it on.
  • Clean up grease and appliances after each use. Grease is considered a flammable liquid , do not allow it to accumulate in cracks and crevices of the stove top or oven.
  • To avoid burning food, adjust the heat to a lower temperature. 
  • If food begins to smoke, turn to a lower heat. If fire alarm system is activated, turn food off and meet the responding Public Safety officer to lead them to where you were cooking.


  • Appliances should never be left unattended.
  • Unplug appliances when not in use.
  • If appliances have broken wires, or doesn’t work properly, unplug and do not use. Label items as broken and report them to the appropriate personnel.


  • Boxes, Bicycles, Furniture, etc. should not be stored in hallways, stairwells, or blocking doors. These areas should be clear at all times to be able for occupants to exit the facility in case of fire.
  • Surplus furniture, paper, and equipment need to be disposed of in accordance to University regulations.


  • Smoking is allowed only in designated areas.
  • Dispose lit smoking materials and cigarette butts only in ash trays and not on trash cans, dumpsters, mulch beds, on grass lawns or fields.

Report Safety Hazards

  • If you observe an unsafe practice or potential safety hazard,  please report it immediately to University Police at 852-6111.
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To report an emergency, dial 852-6111 or 911.

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