Annual Fire Safety Report - 2014

This report is published by Roanoke College in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and applies to student housing at the college.

On Campus Housing Fire Safety Equipment and Statistics
Roanoke College has twenty two student residence halls. The chart below indicates the fire safety equipment in each hall as well as fire events for the past three calendar years. Fire alarm systems are networked and monitored 24/7 at the Office of Campus Safety communications room or by a third party off site Central Monitoring Station. When an alarm is activated campus safety officers are immediately dispatched in addition to the Salem Fire Department (911). Campus Safety Officers have two way radio communications with the local 911dispatch center and can advise the fire department of the situation while they are en route. The Office of Campus Safety is to be notified of any fires that have occurred for inclusion in the Annual Report. In 2011 there were no fires.

  

 
Fire Statistics

(Cumulative Statistics for the Last 3 Calendar Years)

Residence Hall

Total Number of Fires  *

Fire Related Deaths Fire Related Injuries Amount of Damage to Property Cause
Afton Hall
0
0
0
0
 
Augusta Hall
0
0
0
0
 
ASA House
0
0
0
0
 
Bartlett Hall
0
0
0
0
 
Blue Ridge Hall
0
0
0
0
 
Bowman Hall
0
0
0
0
 
Allegheny Hall
0
0
0
0
 
Caldwell Hall
0
0
0
0
 
Catawba Hall
0
0
0
0
 
Chalmers Hall
0
0
0
0
 
Chesapeake Hall
0
0
0
0
Crawford Hall
0
0
0
0
 
Elizabeth Hall

1

0
0
$2,000
laptop on stove top
Fox Hall
0
0
0
0
 
Kappa Alpha
0
0
0
0
 
Marion Hall
0
0
0
0
 
New Hall 1 0 0 $300 electrical receptical
Pi Kappa Alpha
0
0
0
0
 
Sigma Chi House
0
0
0
0
 
Smith Hall
0
0
0
0
 
Wells Hall
0
0
0
0
 
Yonce Hall
0
0
0
0
 
  • A fire is defined as any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not
    intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner. 


Fire Safety System

Residence Hall Monitored Detection & Alarms Smoke Detectors Pull Stations Sprinkler Systems Fire Extinguishers Fire Drills
per year 
Afton Hall
x
x
 2
Augusta Hall
x
x
x
x
 2
ASA House
x
x
x
x
x
 2
Bartlett Hall
x
x
x
x
 2
Blue Ridge Hall
x
x
x
x
x
 2
Bowman Hall
x
x
x
x
 2
Allegheny Hall
x
x
x
x
x
 2
Caldwell Hall
x
x
x
x
x
 2
Catawba Hall
x
x
x
x
 2
Chalmers Hall
x
x
x
x
 2
Chesapeake      Hall
x
x
x
x
x
 2
Crawford Hall
x
x
x
x
 2
Elizabeth Hall
x
x
x
x
x
 2
Fox Hall
x
x
x
x
 2
Kappa Alpha
x
x
x
x
x
 2
Marion Hall
x
x
x
x
 2
New Hall x x x x x 2
Pi Kappa Alpha
x
x
x
x
x
 2
Sigma Chi House
x
x
x
x
x
 2
Smith Hall
x
x
x
x
 2
Wells Hall
x
x
x
x
x
 2
Yonce Hall
x
x
x
x
x
 2

Supervised Fire Drills
Fire and evacuation drills are conducted in the residence halls each semester. The drills are supervised and conducted by the Office of Campus Safety and the Office of Residence Life. Students must participate in the fire drills and it is a violation of the college conduct code to not evacuate during a drill.

Evacuation Policy and Procedures
All students must evacuate a residence hall when a fire alarm sounds. The Resident Life Staff (RAs) living in each hall assist in the evacuation process. Residents are instructed on the location of the assembly area for their hall by the RAs. Residents are not permitted to re-enter the building until the "all clear" is given by a Campus Safety Officer and Fire Department. Should weather conditions be inclement or the situation prohibits a timely re-entry, evacuated students will be temporarily relocated to another campus building.

Evacuation routes are posted on the back of the door of each residence hall room. Students should become familiar with multiple evacuation routes out of their building and leave from the nearest safe exit. Students evacuating should take only important personal possession within their immediate vicinity as well as shoes and outer clothing suitable for the weather. Elevators are not to be used during a fire alarm evacuation of the building.

Residence Life Staff and students are to assist individuals with disabilities. If someone cannot be evacuated due to an injury or disability, notify the first emergency responder encountered as you are leaving the building.

Fire Safety Violations and Prohibitions

The Student Handbook of Roanoke College, contains information on residence hall policies. Each freshman is given a hard copy of the handbook when entering Roanoke College. The Student handbook is also located on the college web page under Student Life. Residence Life Staff conduct health and safety inspections of residence hall rooms on a periodic basis each semester. Listed below are fire safety guidelines and prohibitions.

  • Nothing may be hung from or attached to ceilings or other horizontal surfaces above the head.
  • Nothing may be hung or draped over electrical outlets, smoke detectors, lamps, or other items with the potential to ignite the item through excessive heat exposure.
  • Nothing may be hung from sprinkler pipes, or within 18" of any sprinkler head.
  • Electrical outlets and extension cords may not be overloaded.
  • All extension cords must be UL (Underwriter Laboratory) certified and should not run across open areas of the floor. Extension cords used for refrigerators and air conditioners must be of the heavy-duty type with circuit breakers.
  • Surge protectors should be UL approved. Instead of extension cords, use surge protectors for multiple plugs. Surge protectors should not be linked to other surge protectors or be placed underneath carpets.
  • The smoke detector battery must remain in the smoke detector. In the event that the battery needs to be replaced, the student should contact a Residence Life staff member immediately.
  • Burning candles and/or incense is prohibited in residence hall rooms or common areas. Evidence of violations will result in disciplinary action and immediate removal of all candles.
  • The use of halogen and multi-colored floor lamps is prohibited in residence hall rooms or common areas. Having such lamps will result in disciplinary action and immediate removal of the lamp.
  • No flammable materials or equipment that contains flammable materials (such as camping stoves, lanterns, etc.) may be stored in residence halls.
  • Live Christmas trees are not allowed in residence halls. Residence Life staff in each building will provide guidelines for holiday decorations to residents.
  • Keep room clear of fire hazards that are created through the accumulation of potentially flammable materials such as newspapers, magazines, boxes, etc.
  • SMOKING is not permitted in any residence hall.
  • Fireworks, flammable liquids or other hazardous materials are not permitted in Residence Halls.
  • Tampering with fire alarm or fire protection systems or deliberating causing a false fire alarm are violations of the student conduct code and students found responsible are subject to strict sanctions.

Fire Safety Education and Training
Area Coordinators and Resident Assistants are staff who live in and supervise the college's residence halls. These employees receive annual fire safety, evacuation, and extinguisher training prior to residential students arriving for the fall semester. The staff hold educational floor meetings when students arrive on campus at which fire safety and evacuation procedures are covered with the resident students. Fire evacuation routes and procedures are posted on the back of the door of each residence hall room.

Fire safety is reviewed with new employees during their orientation period. Fire Safety is also addressed in the faculty and staff handbooks. Specialized training is routinely provided to service employees (such as Dining Service and Housekeeping staffs) who work in high occupancy campus buildings and residence halls. Each department manager and faculty chairperson is responsible to see that fire safety guidelines are followed in their respective areas. The Roanoke College Emergency Guidelines manual which is distributed to selected staff and published on the college website outlines procedures for building evacuation and response to fire alarms.

The Office of Campus Safety and Physical Plant Department maintain an active working relationship with the City of Salem Fire Marshall and consult with his office on matters of fire safety when questions arise. The Fire Marshall's office conducts periodic inspections of campus facilities.