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2012-2013 Catalog 
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fire Safety Regulations

All residents should immediately evacuate to areas designated by staff during a fire alarm or emergency. Failure to comply will result in college and/or law enforcement judicial actions.

Fire Hazards

Draperies, tapestries, blankets or posters that are displayed on walls, ceilings, and on or around doors in a manner which would facilitate ignition, block exits or fire detectionunits, or present overhead fire hazards are prohibited.

In addition, the following are not allowed due to the potential threat to fire safety:

  1. Electrical Appliances which are not UL (Underwriter Laboratories, Inc.) approved.
  2. All electrical appliances with open coils including, but not limited to: toasters, hot plates, toaster ovens, coiled cup heaters, all heaters etc.
  3. Any lamp which uses a halogenbulb.
  4. Appliances that use an excessiveamount of electricity for example microwaves (700 watt max.), refrigerators (4.0 cubic feet max.), etc.
  5. Barbecue grills, camp stoves,charcoal or starter fluid, lighterfluid, other flammable liquids, etc.
  6. Candles, incense, fireworks, firecrackers, hookas, etc.
  7. Other hazardous or combustiblematerials.
  8. Unapproved room and common area decorations, suchas holiday decorations and live Christmas trees.
  9. Obstruction of/blocking a clear path out of the room.
  10. Obstruction of/blocking fire exits, hallways, stairwells, or other common areas with bicycles, chairs, etc.
  11. Extension cords that are not surge protected.
  12. Starting fires of any kind on any college property.

Regulations Tampering and Misuse of Fire Safety Equipment

The campus fire prevention and safety equipment is maintained in an attempt to make the residence hall safer for you and the rest of the CMC community. Tampering with emergency equipment, which includes blocking emergency exits and paths, misusing or propping open fire doors, using fire extinguishers in an unauthorized manner, removing exit signs, and/or initiating a false alarm threatens the safety of the community and will not be tolerated. When a fire alarm sounds, all occupants must evacuate the building. Failure to comply will result in college and/or law enforcement judicial actions.

The residence hall is also equipped with a state-of-the-art sprinkler system for added protection in the event of a fire. The sprinkler heads on the walls and in the ceiling are connected to a powerful building wide sprinkler system. If the sprinklers are activated, they will generate more than 40 gallons of water each minute from each head (there are 3 heads in each room). This is the equivalent of filling 3 bathtubs every minute. Obviously this will flood your room quickly, and do serious damage to your belongings, and probably to the belongings of your neighbors.

If a resident is responsible for a sprinkler being activated for any reason, whether intentional or accidental, the resident will be held accountable for all damage, which is likely to cost thousands of dollars. All residents must sign the Fire System Safety Waiver, which describes the sprinkler system in further detail, and explains the students’ responsibilities.