Fire Safety

The safety of every student is of paramount importance to the College. As such, residence halls have been equipped with various emergency systems and equipment to help ensure student safety. As such, the tampering with and/or misuse of fire and safety equipment, including fire alarms, fire doors, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, exit signs, heat sensors, and other safety equipment poses a serious threat to life and property and may result in disciplinary charges.

Fire Drills
Fire drills are held periodically, as prescribed by New York State law, under the supervision of the director of campus safety. All residents must comply with these drills by vacating the premises and reporting to designated areas. Some drills may involve room checks to ensure that the building has been properly vacated. Students failing to vacate a building during a drill will be subject to disciplinary action.

It is crucial that all members of the Hartwick College community take fire drills seriously; participate when they are conducted and follow the instructions and directions of the person in charge.

All members of the college community must become familiar with the emergency exit routes from residence halls and buildings.

Fire Safety Tips
If you detect a fire in a campus building or residence hall, the best advice is to STAY CALM, and... 

  • Exit the building, and on the way out, and if you are able without putting yourself in danger... 
  • Alert occupants 
  • Pull the fire alarm 
  • Call Switchboard (ext. 4111)

If you are caught in a fire... 

  • If door is hot, do not open it. 
  • Close doors behind you as you exit. 
  • Crawl if you are caught in a smoke-filled hallway. (Stay Low and Go) 
  • If confined to a room, hang a towel or sheet out the window. 
  • If your clothing catches fire, STOP, DROP and ROLL.

Additional fire safety tips... 

  • Never tamper with or obstruct a smoke detector or other fire safety equipment. 
  • Know your fire exits. 
  • Do not smoke in buildings. 
  • Do not use candles, incense or other sources of open flames; they are prohibited. 
  • Do not use halogen lights. 
  • No curtains are allowed.  
  • Report those responsible for activating false alarms or tampering with fire safety equipment. 
  • Report missing or discharged fire extinguishers. 
  • Evacuate building for all fire alarms and do not re-enter until notified by Campus Safety or Residence Life staff.

No open fires are permitted on campus at any time. Any type of open flame in any College building is dangerous. Intentional or negligent acts, resulting in a fire anywhere on College property will be cause for a student being placed on disciplinary probation, removal from College housing, or suspension, and/or referral to appropriate law enforcement authorities for prosecution. Persons deemed responsible for fires that result in damages to College or personal property will be liable for the cost of the repairs and the loss of property.

Hibachis, other open fire grills, charcoal and gas/propane grills are not permitted on campus, including in or around residence halls and townhouses.  The College has provided barbecue pits near the residence halls for student use.

Candles and Incense
Candles and incense pose an extreme safety hazard. The burning of candles and incense is not permitted. The possession of partially or previously burned incense or candles is also a violation of College policy because such possession implies use.

Open Flame Appliances
Oil lamps, lanterns, and other devices and appliances with an open flame create a safety hazard and are not permitted in residence halls.

Fire Equipment
Fire alarms, fire detectors and emergency equipment systems are located in all residence halls. Fire extinguishers are strategically placed throughout all residence halls. Tampering with fire alarms and detection systems (including false alarms) is a violation of New York State law and local ordinances. The casual emptying of fire extinguishers, which hinder their use in an emergency, will be referred to the director of residential life for investigation. The cost of replacing the extinguisher, when so emptied, will be charged to the individual(s) responsible or to the residents of the hall. When individual responsibility is determined, the individual will be subject to disciplinary action that could result in residence hall probation or removal from College housing.