Fire prevention is a critical factor in keeping you safe at UVM. Below is important information you need to ensure a healthy and safe living environment in your campus residence.
Health and Safety Inspections
Health and safety inspections are conducted once a month in each room. You will be given 24-hour notice. While these inspections are beneficial in maintaining a healthy environment, they do not guarantee your safety. To maximize your safety, it's improtant to follow our fire-prevention guidelines.
To promote safety and security at the University of Vermont and in compliance with the Clery Act, each year the University compiles and submits fire statistics to the United States Department of Education. You'll find recent statistics by type, location, and year at the University’s Annual Fire Safety Report for Student Housing. This report includes fire safety policy statements and information about how to access UVM’s daily fire log.
Student Guidelines for Fire Prevention
- Always evacuate the building during a fire alarm. Even though false alarms do happen, it would be impossible for you to know when it is real or not – so just leave to be safe.
- Do not prop doors. Propped doors allow smoke to fill a hallway/room very quickly.
- Keep hallways and stairways clear of all items so you can get out quickly.
- Smoke detectors need to be exposed to detect smoke; do not cover them with anything.
- Hanging any item or covering a sprinkler head affects their heat sensing ability, meaning they may not go off in a fire.
- Do not smoke in your room, have lit candles or burn incense; these activities can set off detectors and start a fire.
Please refer to the housing and meal plan contract for all policies pertaining to fire prevention, smoking in the residence halls and fines/judicial actions for tampering with or illegal use of fire-safety equipment.
Last updated March 5th, 2014