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Fire Safety at UNHarrow

Your room is where you will spend most of your time while attending the University. Before you start making your room “your new home," take a moment to consider the regulations announced on this web page. Each year thousands of people are hurt or killed in fires. Most of the deaths and injuries are needless because most fires can be prevented. The best way to avoid fires is to avoid the hazards, which create them.

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Fire Safety Equipment in the Residence Halls

Sprinkler, Fire Detection and Alarm Systems

Each residence hall is protected by an automatic fire detection system that is connected directly to the Durham Fire Department. Upon receipt of an alarm activation, the Fire Department immediately responds to your residence hall. The fire protection system is comprised of smoke and heat detectors, sprinklers and hallway manual pull stations. All rooms have a sprinkler and a local-sounding smoke detector. A charge of $100 is assessed to the occupant(s) of a room for tampering with a smoke detector. If you suspect a smoke detector is malfunctioning contact your RA immediately.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are found in every residence hall hallway. These are your first line of defense in case of a fire and could save your life or the lives of your friends. DO NOT TAMPER WITH FIRE EXTINGUISHERS. Eviction from the residence hall is a possible consequence for tampering with a fire extinguisher. There is a $100 charge for resetting a fire extinguisher that has been misused.

Malicious False Alarm

Anyone activating a fire alarm without cause by pulling a pull station or tampering with any of the automatic fire detection devices is responsible for a malicious false alarm. This is a serious offense. By initiating such a false alarm, one exposes both residents and fire fighters to unnecessary risk. Those caught causing a malicious false alarm will be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law and may be held accountable for any injuries or damage which occurs during a fire evacuation. Do not put up with anyone who “fools around” with fire or false alarms!

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