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 which 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 which include: 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 is prohibited at Suffolk University:

  • The act of falsely pulling a fire alarm
  • Intentionally, recklessly, or negligently causing the sounding of a fire alarm without evidence of a fire
  • Failure to evacuate the building during a fire alarm
  • The act of 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
  • The act of discharging a fire extinguisher without evidence of fire
  • Tampering with electric circuit panels
  • The obstruction of any entrance, exit, corridor, or stairwell by placing furniture or other property in these areas

The following are items to be proactively 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 and Safety conducts fire safety inspections and building audits in the on campus to identify violations or deficiencies and may confiscate items in violation of university safety policies. Any requests to use or possess materials that are listed as prohibited may be made to OEHS to be considered on a case by case basis.