Fire Safety

"Don't play with fire." You've probably heard those words before. They also apply to life at Suffolk.

Decorations, Displays, and Hazardous Substances

The following are prohibited at Suffolk University:

  • Possession of items capable of producing an open flame (including all candles, incense, torches, sterno, etc.)
  • The use of items capable of producing an open flame (including all candles, incense, torches, sterno, etc.) NOTE: The responsible use of matches and/or cigarette lighters is allowed only in designated smoking areas
  • The storage and use of flammable items (including gasoline, charcoal lighter, propane gas, etc.), except in designated areas and in compliant storage containers and cabinets
  • The hanging of tapestries or other large combustible items that cover ceilings, fire detectors, sprinklers, doors, or windows or are near other measures of egress
  • The hanging/posting of combustible material (i.e. papers, posters) in elevators or stairwells
  • The alteration of permanent lighting with, but not limited to, black lights, cloth, tapestries, and/or paper
  • The use or possession of unauthorized appliances, including coffee pots/makers, electric heaters, and hot plates
  • The use or possession of heating elements or lighting elements, including sun lamps, halogen lamps (torchieres), and heating coils

Fire Safety Policies

The following acts are prohibited at Suffolk University:

  • Falsely pulling a fire alarm
  • Intentionally, recklessly, or negligently causing the sounding of a fire alarm without evidence of a fire
  • Failing to evacuate the building during a fire alarm
  • Causing the fire alarm to sound by intentionally or recklessly misusing or damaging other fire safety equipment
  • Tampering with any fire safety equipment, including, but not limited to, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, fire safety signs or postings, telephone boxes, exit lights, emergency lighting, sprinklers, fire alarms, and fire doors
  • Discharging a fire extinguisher without evidence of fire
  • Tampering with electric circuit panels
  • Obstructing any entrance, exit, corridor, or stairwell by placing furniture or other property in these areas

Things to Be Aware of

  • Keep stairwells, exits, and passageways free of obstructions at all times
  • Keep access to fire protection equipment (pull stations and fire extinguishers) free and clear
  • Store flammable and combustible liquids in approved storage containers and cabinets
  • Keep storage a minimum of 18 inches below sprinkler deflectors
  • Ensure fire doors are unobstructed and not blocked open

The Office of Environmental Health & Safety conducts fire safety inspections and building audits on campus to identify violations or deficiencies and may confiscate items in violation of University safety policies. Any requests to use or own materials listed as prohibited may be made to OEHS and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.