Fire Safety Systems

Institutional Fire Safety Policies and Fire Statistics

Annual Report for 2013/2014

The residence halls with common entrances, Clare Hall, Bonzel Hall and Trinity Hall , have fire drills once per semester with the exception that should an actual fire alarm occur, resulting in the building being evacuated, the alarm response is documented and considered as a drill.

All fire alarms received are responded to and result in an incident report being filed. These reports are kept in the Incident Report system.

All portable heating devices used at the university must be approved and provided by the Operations department.

As of August 1, 2010 the university is a tobacco free campus, all forms of tobacco are prohibited on the campus.  

All open flame devices are prohibited in all buildings. Cooking appliances, whether provided by the university or the student, are for use in residence hall kitchens only, they are not permitted in residents rooms.  

All university fire systems are inspected in accordance with local and state law by licensed, qualified, inspection companies.

Bonzel Hall has addressable devices throughout the entire building. When a station is pulled or a detection device activated the entire building goes into alarm. Simplex-Grinnell provides off-campus monitoring and a panel activated dialer also notifies campus security in the event of an alarm. All rooms and common areas are covered by a sprinkler system.

Padua Hall every suite has smoke detectors in each bedroom and all common areas, all rooms are protected by a sprinkler system.  Padua Hall features a suite style living arrangement with each suite of rooms exiting directly to the outside and having independent sounders, due to this layout fire drills are not performed for this building.

Koehlinger-Kruse monitors the alarm panel and a dialer also calls campus security.

Clare Hall has addressable smoke detectors in every student room and all common areas. The panel is monitored by Simplex-Grinnell with a back-up dialer to notify campus security directly. All rooms and common areas are covered by a sprinkler system.

Trinity Hall (currently unoccupied) has addressable devices throughout the entire building. When a station is pulled or a detection device activated the entire building goes into alarm. Koehlinger-Kruse provides off-campus monitoring and a panel activated dialer also notifies campus security in the event of an alarm. Electricity and gas are automatically shut off in the kitchen when an alarm is generated in that area. Trinity Hall is not covered by a sprinkler system

Training for Housing Staff

The housing staff is trained in the use of portable fire extinguishers and evacuation procedures during fire alarms and drills. 

Fire Safety Procedures

The university takes a number of precautions to prevent fire in the residence halls. Fire drills are held regularly and participation in all fire drills is mandatory. Fire extinguishers are placed on each floor and are inspected monthly by authorized safety personnel. The use of electrical appliances is regulated.

In the case of a fire:

  • Call 9-911 and Security at 399-7888. Be sure to report both the building name and the address of the university.
  • Activate a pull station to sound the alarm.
  • Confine the fire by closing all windows and doors.
  • If the fire is small enough to use an extinguisher, and you have had proper training, do so.
  • Hall Directors and Resident Assistants will direct the evacuation by making sure everyone
  •  proceeds in an orderly manner and all doors are pulled shut as people leave.

When you hear a fire alarm in the residence hall:

  • Leave the building. Never ignore an alarm.
  • If you are in your room:
    • Feel the door, if it is hot, do not open it.
    • Seal the crack at the bottom of the door.
    • Signal rescuers from the window or try to telephone for help.
    • Do not jump.
  • If you can leave your room:
    • Take your key.
    • Close the door when you leave.
    • Proceed to the nearest exit.
    • If you encounter heavy smoke, turn around and go to another exit.
    • Once outside, move away from entranceways and off of driveways.

Bonzel Hall – wait in the parking lot, close to the Student Center.

Padua Hall – wait in the employee parking lot west of Trinity Hall.

Clare Hall – Wait in the parking lot, close to the Student Center.

If you suspect the alarm is false, you must still exit the building.

DO NOT GO BACK INSIDE THE BUILDING UNTIL CLEARANCE IS GIVEN FROM SECURITY OR HOUSING.

Planned Improvements

Starting in the academic year 2010/2011 training in the use of fire extinguishers will be provided to the housing staff.

Report to Secretary of Education

Institutions of postsecondary education that participate in the Federal student financial assistance programs have been required by Section 485(a) and (f) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) to provide the Secretary with campus crime statistics since 1990.  The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) (HEOA) was enacted on August 14, 2008 and reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.  The HEOA made a number of additions to campus security reporting requirements. The university must report the statistics concerning the following in each on-campus student housing facility during the most recent calendar years for which data are available must be reported to the Secretary of Education on an annual basis. The first report is due October 1, 2010.

For current fire statistics and system information please refer to the brochure “Campus Fire Report” or log on to the USF homepage at www.sf.edu and go to the security site. 

Number of Fires

 

2010

2012

2012

Bonzel Hall

0

0

0

Clare Hall

0

0

0

Trinity Hall

0

0

0

Padua Hall

0

0

0

Number of Injuries

Bonzel Hall

0

0

0

Clare Hall

0

0

0

Trinity Hall

0

0

0

Padua Hall

0

0

0

Number of Deaths

Bonzel Hall

0

0

0

Clare Hall

0

0

0

Trinity Hall

0

0

0

Padua Hall

0

0

0

Value of Property Loss

Bonzel Hall

0

0

0

Clare Hall

0

0

0

Trinity Hall

0

0

0

Padua Hall

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

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