Every building has a fire alarm
system — smoke detectors in each room and in the hallways, strobe horns that
sound and flash when the alarm system is activated, emergency lights that go on
when the electrical power goes out, exit lights, and pull stations — red boxes near most exit doors where you can sound
Locate and memorize your building’s “Designated
Assembly Area” (posted with fire exit diagrams).
Be familiar with all principal and alternate
exits from your building, as well as the main routes to all exits.
Battery-powered smoke detectors have been
installed in each room for your safety (as prescribed by state law). Only fire
safety personnel may remove or alter detectors.
What to Do: If you hear a fire alarm or
you see or smell a fire, do the following:
Close windows and doors to your room as you
Proceed in a brisk, orderly manner to the
nearest available exit. Running is prohibited. Do not stop for personal
belongings. Never assume that you’re
hearing a false alarm. Always leave the building.
At the exit, pull the face plate on the red pull
station to sound the alarm.
outside go to your designated assembly area or any open area away from
buildings. Do not go back in your
building until there is an official All Clear.
If you have a cell phone, call the Fire Department (911) and Campus
Fire Safety Housing Regulations: All
residents should follow the following regulations:
Exits and corridors must remain unobstructed at
all times. Chains or fasteners on exit doors are prohibited.
No items may be stored in boiler or furnace
Cooking is not permitted in residence hall
Smoking is not allowed anywhere on campus.
Lobbies must remain clear of all clothing.
Fire alarms and emergency exit alarms may not be
NOTE: Substantial fines are levied against those who violate the above
mentioned safety regulations.
MUM policy and Iowa state law
prohibit smoking anywhere on campus. This includes outdoors (roadsides, lawns,
sidewalks, etc.), and inside buildings, motor vehicles, and other enclosures.
For a detailed policy, consequences, and help with smoking cessation, please
see Tobacco-Free Campus section of this handbook.
When you leave the room, turn off lights and
electrical appliances (especially irons).
One possible cause of fires on campus is
oil-soaked clothing or linens. Always use the lowest heat setting when machine
drying these items. Immediately remove items from dryer when dry, and allow
items to cool before stacking or bundling.
Familiarize yourself with your room and
building; know where the nearest fire exit is and observe all posted
Take fire drills seriously. They are exercises
to promote safe, smooth, and rapid departure from your building according to
the fire escape plan.
NOTE: Students will
be held financially responsible for any damage to University property due to
negligence on their part. Smoke detectors and their batteries are required in
every dorm room and must not be tampered with or damaged. Failure to comply
with this State regulation will result in a minimum fine of $50.00, plus an
amount to be determined (TBD) for repair of the damaged or misused materials,
and possibly fines imposed by the State for tampering with life safety devices.
Disciplinary actions may also apply.
Store all your personal belongings in your own
Fire safety regulations require that corridors,
lounges, boiler rooms, unoccupied rooms, fire escapes, and basements must be
Students’ belongings cannot be left in
residential buildings over the summer vacation.
Fines will be levied for improperly stored items
(see Housing Charges section) and the University assumes no responsibility for
items left in undesignated areas.
Cooking and Appliances
is not permitted in any residential areas not equipped with a kitchen approved
by the State Fire Marshal. Please consult with your Resident Advisor and/or
Residence Director for the designated cooking areas in residence halls.
“Cooking” includes any processing of food
where heat is necessary in any stage of preparation. It is imperative that
everyone follow this regulation; there are fines for fire safety violations,
including cooking in the room and having cooking appliances in the room.
Besides creating a significant fire hazard, campus electrical systems are not
designed to carry the demands of these appliances. Additionally, the plumbing
in residence halls is not sized to accommodate the oils, starches and food
particles that may be present during food preparation or clean-up.
Only certain appliances are approved for
use in residence halls. Approved
| • computer
irons (irons must be unplugged when not in use)
| • hair dryers
| • radios, CD players, etc.
| • televisions
NOTE: Any item not
on the above list must be approved by the Fire Safety Office, 641-472-1143 or ext. 1143 or call the Safety Office at 641-472-1117
or ext. 1117.
Items not approved for
|| • space heaters
|| • electric skillets
Fire Safety Room
The Fire Safety
Office routinely inspects student rooms throughout the year. Notices are posted
in advance to announce the time and dates so students may be prepared. However,
the University reserves the right to enter rooms without prior notice. There
are fines for Fire Safety violations, including cooking in the room and having
cooking equipment in the room (See following section on fines.)