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Annual Fire Safety Report- University of Illinois at Chicago

This annual Fire Safety Report is prepared and issued each year by the University of Illinois at Chicago Environmental Health and Safety Office in order to comply with the fire-safety-related requirements of the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act. The Act requires that certain information pertaining to fire safety be made available to the general public.

Approximately 2500 student residents live in 10 resident halls owned and operated by the University of Illinois at Chicago Campus Housing. Key fire safety policies and procedures are highlighted below. For more detailed information, visit the online Resident Student Handbook site located at Student handbook.

Student Housing Facility Fire Safety Systems
Residential Facilities Fire Sprinkler Fire Alarm System Fire Separation
Full Partial Smoke Manual Pull Notification
Appliance
Corridor Room/ Apt
Commons North X X X X X X
Commons South X X X X X X
Commons West X X X X X X
Courtyard X X X X X X
James Stukel Towers X X X X X X
Marie Robinson Hall X X X X X X
Polk St. Residence X X X X X X
Student Residence Hall X X X X X X
Single Student Residence X X X X X X
Thomas Beckham Hall X X X X X X

 

Fire Drills

Fire drills are conducted in all residential facilities once per year. The drills generally occur within one month of the start of the fall semester. The University of Illinois at Chicago Environmental Health and Safety Office conducts the drills in coordination with the Campus Housing Staff and the University of Illinois at Chicago Police Department. The residents are aware that a fire drill will take place: however, they are not notified in advance of the date or time of the scheduled drill. When the fire alarm system is activated, all residents are informed that a drill is taking place, and that they are required to exit the building. The Environmental Health and Safety Office will do a room check to ensure that all occupants have evacuated.

Policy on Portable Electrical Appliances in Campus Housing

Electrical appliances with self-contained heating units (e.g., irons, corn poppers and coffee makers) may be used within the residence halls. Hot plates, toasters, microwaves, or cooking appliances of any nature are prohibited (except in SSR, MRH & TBH kitchens and common area kitchens). No refrigerators using more than 2.9 amps are permitted for student rooms in PSR, SRH, CMW, CMN/S, CTY or JST. MicroFridges are permitted, however no other microwaves are allowed except as stated above. Immediate removal of unauthorized appliances will be required, if found in a student room. Possession and/or use of power tools or space heaters is prohibited.

All electrical equipment used must be UL approved and properly grounded. Overloading of circuits presents a fire hazard and must be avoided. Multiple wall sockets, prongs and extension cords are not permitted. Use of halogen lights is prohibited. Use of a power strip with a circuit breaker is allowed.

Policy on Smoking and Open Flames in Campus Housing

In accordance with state law and University Policy, the Campus Housing Department observes strict no smoking policies in the residence halls. Hookahs are prohibited. Smoking is not allowed in any area in any residence hall or within 15 feet of a building's doors or windows. Fireworks, Candles, Incendiary Devices Possession and/or use of hookahs, unapproved heating sources, fireworks, sparklers, firecrackers, incense, flammable liquids, explosives, incendiary devices, Bunsen burners and torches are strictly prohibited. Setting a fire, or using any type of open-flame (including candles) or open-filament device (including incense) within the residence halls is strictly prohibited.

Procedure for Fire and Building Evacuation

It is your responsibility to be familiar with the safety standards and procedures and to adhere to them fully when an alarm sounds. The following precautions should be taken during evacuation for fire or other emergencies:

  • When you see a fire, pull the nearest alarm and, if possible, call 355-5555.
  • Know where fire equipment, alarms, and exits are located.
  • Keep fire doors (stairwell doors) and doors separating buildings closed so that smoke cannot get in your hall if there is a fire. Some doors have devices to ensure their closure when a fire alarm sounds.
  • Even small fires can get out of hand. Smoke causes more injury than most fires, so do not play with fires or attempt to put out a fire alone.
  • If a fire does start in your room, close the windows and door to keep the fire from spreading, and leave the room. DO NOT lock your door.
  • Lit candles and incense constitute an ever present danger of fire in the residence halls. Students are prohibited from lighting a candle and/or other decorative objects involving flame or using incense.
  • No alcohol torches, bunsen burners or hanau torches are permitted.
  • In decorating for holidays or other festive times, use noncombustible decorations and lights intended for normal indoor use only. Live trees are prohibited.
  • Setting off a smoke detector may result in disciplinary action. Keep objects/substances (such as balls, smoke, aerosol spray, steam, powder, etc.) away from smoke detectors. In SSR, MRH or TBH be especially careful when cooking; burning food may also set off a smoke detector.
  • A sprinkler system is present in each of our residence halls. Any tampering with or setting off of sprinklers will result in disciplinary action and financial restitution for any damage caused.
  • Do not tamper with fire equipment including smoke detectors, pull boxes, and fire hoses and extinguishers. Disciplinary action will result if you tamper with any fire equipment.
  • Do not use elevators to exit the building when a fire alarm is sounding.
  • TREAT EACH ALARM AS REAL—YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT WILL BE A FIRE OR OTHER EMERGENCY.
  • Proceed cautiously when the alarm sounds.
  • Residents should be aware the City of Chicago fire code requires that residents vacate a building during an alarm. Staff and emergency personnel will assist you in evacuating the building to a safe location away from the building. Failure or refusal to comply may result in disciplinary action.

WHEN THE FIRE ALARM SOUNDS:

If the door is hot

  • Leave the door closed.
  • Seal cracks around door with a towel (wet if possible).
  • Let fire fighters know where you are (open window a crack and wave a towel out the window).
  • Listen for instructions.
  • If the air becomes stuffy, open the window slightly, place your head at the opening and put a towel over your head to make a seal between the fresh breathing air and the room air.

If the door is cool

  • Cautiously open it with your body braced against it.
  • Close windows and doors.
  • Leave room light on.
  • Calmly proceed to the nearest exit. DO NOT USE ELEVATOR!
  • Crawl if smoke is present.

EVACUATION ASSISTANCE

Any resident needing help in evacuating the building should contact the Central Housing Office at 355-6300 or housing@uic.edu to be put on the evacuation list maintained by the UIC Police.

Fire Extinguisher Procedures

If you attempt to extinguish a fire, ensure that you don't put yourself in danger. You should know how to deal with the immediate situation and be knowledgeable in the use of fire extinguishers. It is also recommended to have another person with you in case a problem occurs and immediate help is required.

How to operate a fire extinguisher:

  1. Pull the pin, release a lock latch, or press a puncture lever.
  2. Aim the extinguisher nozzle, horn, or hose at the base of the fire.
  3. Squeeze or press the handle.
  4. Sweep from side to side in most cases, but extinguishing techniques vary. Read the directions.

Questions/situations regarding fire safety or building evacuation should be brought to the attention of the Environmental Health & Safety Office, 996-SAFE.

Fire Sprinklers

Sprinklers systems found in all of our residence halls are for your protection. Do not touch them, tamper with them or attempt to hang anything on them.

Reporting List

To report a fire occurring in a university residence hall:

  1. Call UIC Police Department at (312) 555-5555
  2. Contact a Campus Housing staff member

Annual Statistics

Fires - On-campus Student Housing Facilities

Name of Facility Street Address Number of Fires 2013
Thomas Beckham Hall 1250 South Halsted Street 0
Marie Robinson Hall 811 West Maxwell Street 0
Single Student Residence 809 South Damen Avenue 0
James J. Stukel Towers 718 West Rochford Street 0
Polk Street Residence Hall 1933 West Polk Street 0
Student Residence and Commons Courtyard 600 South Halsted Street 0
Student Residence and Commons North 700 South Halsted Street 0
Student Residence and Commons South 700 South Halsted Street 0
Student Residence and Commons West 901 West Harrison Street 0
Student Residence Hall 818 South Wolcott Street 0


Fires - On-campus Student Housing Facilities

Housing Facility Name: Thomas Beckham Hall
Housing Facility Address: 1250 S. Halsted Street
  Fire Category Fire Cause Fire-related Injuries Fire-related deaths Property Damage
Details Unintentional Cooking 0 0 $1,000 - $9,999
  Unintentional Cooking 0 0 $0 - $99
  Unintentional Cooking 0 0 $0 - $99
  Unintentional Cooking 0 0 $100,000 - $249,999


Housing Facility Name: James J. Stukel Towers
Housing Facility Address: 718 West Rochford Street
  Fire Category Fire Cause Fire-related Injuries Fire-related deaths Property Damage
Details Unintentional Cooking 0 0 $1,000 - $9,999

Fire Summary

Name of Facility 2011 2012 2013
Fires Injuries Deaths Fires Injuries Deaths Fires Injuries Deaths
Thomas Beckham Hall 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0
Marie Robinson Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Single Student Residence 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
James J. Stukel Towers 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Polk Street Residence Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Student Residence and Commons Courtyard 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Student Residence and Commons North 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Student Residence and Commons South 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Student Residence and Commons West 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Student Residence Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0

 


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