When fire alarms sound in the residence halls, residents must evacuate immediately. Candles, incense, open flames and flammable liquids or gases are not allowed in the residence halls due to the hazards of fires. (Birthday and Hanukkah candles are okay if safely lit, constantly monitored and quickly extinguished.) Tampering with the fire safety equipment in the residence halls is a felony in the state of California (i.e. fire extinguishers or fire alarm boxes). Covering or disabling smoke detectors is similarly dangerous, unlawful and will result in DB/JB charges.
In general, fires are not permitted on the campus without a permit from the Fire Department. People who start a fire or participate in burning something outside the guidelines below, particularly of furniture or other materials near the dorms, will be referred to DB/JB.
Campus Safety and college officials will use the these guidelines to determine if a fire is safe and non-damaging:
- It is fully contained (nothing hanging over the sides) in a barbecue grill that is elevated more than 6 inches off the ground and that is a maximum of 9 square feet in area and a minimum of 18 inches deep
- It doesn't throw sparks or threaten anything nearby
- It doesn't burn anything that gives off toxic gases, such as plastics or couches, or can explode, such as aerosol can
- It doesn’t have wood or fuel for the fire that exceeds 2 feet tall
- It is constantly monitored with a fire extinguisher nearby (a building’s regular fire extinguisher is acceptable)
- It is completely extinguished by the last person to leave the fire
- It is in compliance with the Fire Code, as determined by the Los Angeles County Fire Inspector
Excessive clean-up of fires will follow normal DAC-F&M excessive clean-up procedures. According to the Fire Inspector, only one container of lighter fluid per barbeque may be stored in a dorm.
Unanimously approved by DAC and DOS on October 22, 2004