Fire Safety Points and Procedures    

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 an alarm.

    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 leave.

    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.

    Once 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 Security (641-472-1115).

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 rooms.

    Cooking is not permitted in residence hall rooms.

    Smoking is not allowed anywhere on campus.

    Lobbies must remain clear of all clothing.

    Fire alarms and emergency exit alarms may not be disabled.

NOTE: Substantial fines are levied against those who violate the above mentioned safety regulations.

Smoke-Free Campus

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.

Fire Safety Precautions

    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 regulations.

    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 room.

    Fire safety regulations require that corridors, lounges, boiler rooms, unoccupied rooms, fire escapes, and basements must be clear.

    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

Cooking 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 appliances include:

 • computer equipment   • irons (irons must be unplugged when not in use)
 • hair dryers    • CD/DVD/tape players
 • radios, CD players, etc.   • stereos, amplifiers
 • televisions    • refrigerator

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 residence halls:

 • microwave ovens • space heaters    • electric skillets
 • flammable liquids  • toaster ovens  
 • electric blankets  • hotplates  
 • crock pots  • rice cookers  

Fire Safety Room Inspections

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.)

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