Fire Safety FAQ
Are the Cedarville University residence halls and academic buildings up to fire codes/safety regulations?
All of the University’s buildings meet National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and Ohio Fire Codes based on standards relative to building style/construction, use grouping and year of construction. In fact, many of our resident halls and other buildings actually exceed standards by having both fire alarm and sprinkler systems, in conjunction with digital communication devices that contact local fire departments immediately when an alarm is set off.
Does the University regularly check its fire safety equipment?
The University Campus Safety Office oversees both the installation and maintenance of fire safety equipment. Each month campus safety personnel check the condition and working order of fire detection equipment in our campus buildings and residence halls. In addition, outside fire protection contractors test and service the buildings, sprinklers, alarms, and smoke detectors annually. The local Fire Marshal also inspects all campus buildings in conjunction with the Campus Safety Office on an annual basis and reports any issues that require correction and ensures compliance.
Does the University hold fire drills?
The University plans three to four scheduled fire drills per year and utilizes these drills as opportunities to evaluate and improve student and staff response time to fires. Campus safety personnel are trained to assist the Cedarville Township Volunteer Fire Department in evacuations for fire drills and alarms.
What residence life rules has the University established to help prevent fires?
No candles, hot plates, grills, or a number of other possible fire-producing items (listed in the current Student Handbook) are allowed in the residence halls. Tampering with or misusing fire alarms, firefighting equipment or safety equipment can result in suspension.
How does the University promote fire safety?
Resident Directors review fire safety procedures with students at the beginning of each academic year. All Fire Safety and Response plans are posted on the Campus Safety website under Emergency Procedures. Additional information is also included into our Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act) that is sent via e-mail to all students and faculty/staff in the fall and spring semesters of each year. This information is highlighted in the e-mail summary. The fire drills held throughout the school year in the Resident Halls also serve as a training technique in evacuation procedures.