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Fire & Life Safety

Our mission is to ensure the safety of the University of Rhode Island students, personnel and visitors through the interpretation of fire protection codes and standards. In addition, this work unit provides training, oversees fire-safety related and hazardous operations, performs building fire safety inspections and investigates university facilities to ensure that fire risks are minimized.

Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility:

  • Learn emergency evacuation routes for your building, and review fire safety rules for your building or department.
  • In a fire, the quicker you can access fire safety equipment the better, so become familiar with the location of fire extinguishers and manual fire alarm stations in your building.
  • Consult the Emergency Guides for Fire Safety, Evacuation and Evacuation for persons with disabilities.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all buildings on the University of Rhode Island campus.
  • Smoking is also prohibited outside on the University of Rhode Island campus, with the exception of designated smoking locations.

The Fire & Life Safety area is responsible for the day to day fire safety of all four campuses. This area covers all fire safety inspections for Dormitories, Fraternities and Sororities plus the Administrative, Academic and Service buildings on all campuses.  Please ensure that you do not bring these items to campus with you as they are fire violations and are prohibited in the residence halls.

Interested in volunteering for the Kingston Fire Department?  Click here for more information.

Fire Safety Tips


  • If it is HOT, stay in your room, phone for help, and wait for a firefighter
  • IF it is NOT HOT, leave and close the door behind you to stop the spread of the fire
  • SOUND the alarm ; alert others to the danger
  • GET OUT of the building
  • NOTIFY the fire department
  • DO NOT go back into the building or try to save your stuff.
  • Clothes, books, and papers can be replaced, YOU CANNOT!!


Plan and Practice

Make sure everyone is familiar with the sound of the fire alarm. When you hear the alarm, leave the building immediately.

Do not think of it as a false alarm or a prank. It may be the real thing.

Plan escape routes. Know at least two ways out of the building. Use the buddy system. Agree on a meeting place outside.

Do not use the elevator.

Review your room evacuation plan. Do not cover or remove.

When an alarms sounds, first feel the door with the back of your hand before you open it. If it is hot to the touch do not open. Instead place a wet towel underneath the door and go to the window and try to signal someone below. Call 874.2121 and let them know that you are trapped in your room and your exact location.If you have to leave your room and the hallway is full of smoke:

  • Crawl low under smoke. If you must escape through an area with smoke, crawl on your hands and knees with your head 12-24 inches above the floor.
  • If your clothes catch on fire, don’t run. STOP, DROP & ROLL. STOP where you are, DROP to the ground and cover your face with your hands, and ROLL over to smother the flames.
  • When an alarm sounds, leave immediately, go to your meeting place, and call the fire department.


Smoke Detectors

No matter what type of device you may have, no smoke detector can do its job if it is disabled.

  • LEAVE the batteries in the detector.
  • LEAVE the detector uncovered.
  • LEAVE the detector on the wall or ceiling.

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