Along with Facilities and Campus Safety, our office works to educate and train the campus community to minimize the risk of fire and injury in the event of a fire.
College buildings are equipped with fire alarm systems, smoke/heat detectors, and fire extinguishers. In addition, all residence halls are equipped with automatic sprinkler systems. Employees and students should become familiar with emergency procedures outlined in the College’s Academic Building Evacuation Plan.
Evacuation drills are held bi-annually in all buildings. Students should be aware of the designated assembly areas for the residence halls.
The use of space heaters in faculty and staff offices are strongly discouraged as the heaters upset the balance of the building heating system as well as pose a potential fire hazard if not used properly. Call Facilities Services (610-409-3598) to assess the heat issue prior to using a space heater. If you must use a space heater, follow these guidelines:
- Heater may not be equipped with coils that glow.
- Heater must be equipped with automatic shut-off.
- Heater must be UL listed. Look on the tag near the plug.
- Maintain a clearance of 3 feet from combustibles around the heaters.
- Turn off and unplug the heater at the end of the day.
Contact Carol McMillin at 610-409-3221 with your questions.
Space heaters are prohibited from all residence halls.
Fire Prevention - Use of Open Flames
The college’s Fire Prevention Plan includes information about the use of open flames on campus. Due to the potential risk of fire and the device being left unattended, the use of open flame devices are prohibited in all academic/support buildings, residence halls, and grounds. These guidelines apply to faculty, staff, students, contractors, and visitors to campus including groups renting space. More information about open flames is found on pages 3 and 4 of the plan.