Student Handbook

Fire Safety Codes & Fire Drills Policy

To comply with local and state codes and to observe prudent safety precautions, Alma College will enforce the following fire safety regulations:

  1. No electrical heat-producing appliances other than irons, electric blankets, hair curlers, hair dryers, hot pots and popcorn poppers are permitted in college residence halls or small housing units. No grills, microwave ovens or toaster ovens are permitted.
  2. Open flames such as candles (including candles without wicks), incense, kerosene lamps, stoves and other similar items, are not permitted in any college-owned or -approved housing unit. Operable fireplaces may be used only when properly screened and when appropriate safety precautions are taken.
  3. No flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, turpentine or similar substances may be stored in any college-owned or -approved housing unit. Any of these substances found in college housing will be confiscated and disciplinary action will be taken against those responsible for storing such substances.
  4. No paneling or tapestry (unless fire treated and for which permission has been obtained from the Student Life Office) is permitted in College housing.
  5. Smoke detectors are not to be covered or blocked.
  6. No tampering with the wiring or components of the smoke detection or alarm systems is permitted.
  7. Fire doors and any other doors with closing mechanisms are to be kept closed at all times except in the event of fire emergency.
  8. Only college wiring is allowed in residence hall rooms and only a reasonable number of standard U.L. approved surge protectors may be used.
  9. Surge protectors must be 10 amp or larger, #18 wire with SPT2 plastic insulation and molded ends and not more than eight feet long.
  10. Surge protectors can be used for the radio, TV, stereo and refrigerator, etc.
  11. Surge protectors must be exposed at all times; they may not be placed under carpets, behind desks, etc.
  12. Extension cords plugged into surge protectors or plugged into other extension cords are not permitted in residential housing units. Drop cords are also not permitted. Both are considered a violation of Alma College’s fire safety policy and will be subject to the student conduct process.
  13. All appliances such as hair dryers, coffee pots, popcorn poppers and irons must be plugged directly into wall outlets and unplugged when not in use.
  14. Flammable holiday decorations such as Christmas trees, wreaths made from pine boughs and untreated bunting are not permitted in College housing units.
  15. Fire extinguishers are not to be removed from their proper locations or to be discharged except in the event of a fire emergency.
  16. There is up to a $1000 fine and disciplinary action for tampering with fire safety equipment including but not limited to smoke detectors, fire alarm panels, fire extinguishers, etc.
  17. All outdoor burning is prohibited. The use of fire rings, fire pits, bon-fire rings or any other similar structures is prohibited.
  18. No partitions are to be installed by students.
  19. Nothing is allowed to block, even partially, any means of exit.
  20. Safety signs and markings are not to be tampered with or defaced.
  21. The use of space heaters in students’ rooms is not permitted. Unauthorized space heaters will be confiscated.
  22. Prompt and complete evacuation of campus buildings or facilities is mandatory when a fire alarm is sounded or when so directed by a college staff member. Individuals who fail to comply with this provision will be subject to disciplinary action and up to a $250 fine.

Recommended Violations and Sanctions for Small Housing

First Offense - The house will be fined for any life safety violation that occurs. The President, House Manager, and Risk Manager must meet with the Director of Campus Life to be trained on policies relating to life safety. They must then train their house. Parties will not be approved until the house completes the training.

Second Offense – The house will be vacated for no less than one semester, and be placed on probation. If any further violations occur during the probationary period the house will be vacated for a year and the house risks losing its charter.

Last updated 10/1 2013