Fire Safety

Fire Statistics [ Fire Statistics PDF]

What fire safety measures are in place in the RESIDENCE HALLS?

Every residence hall is equipped with an automatic smoke/heat detection system monitored 24 hours a day by university police. The system also includes strobe light units to notify students who are hearing impaired. An alarm prompts immediate evacuation of the building. The system also self-tests for tampering and reduces the chance for false alarms.

Each individual residence hall room has an AC-powered smoke detector with battery backup, which resident assistants (RAs) check during monthly room inspections. Fire drills are conducted three times each semester in all residence halls. Students who fail to evacuate as required are referred to the university judicial system.

All residence halls are equipped with fire sprinkler systems. Fire extinguishers also are provided in many different areas of all campus buildings. Fire hydrants are located outside each residence hall.

The Department of Public Safety conducts monthly building inspections of every campus facility. Fire extinguishers are checked monthly.

All residence halls provide enhanced levels of fire safety. Room smoke detectors are an integral component of the new system and report directly to the University Police Department, replacing the stand-alone devices in the original residence halls. The new buildings are 100 percent sprinklered with fire department connection points in each stairwell. Fire extinguishers are available in each hall.

Stone Ridge Commons and College Park Commons are apartment complexes owned and maintained by the SU Foundation. Stone Ridge Commons is equipped with an automatic smoke/heat detection system monitored 24 hours a day by the SU Foundation. The system also includes strobe light units to notify students who are hearing impaired. An alarm prompts immediate evacuation of the building. College Park Commons is equipped with an automatic smoke/heat detection system monitored 24 hours a day by the SU Foundation. The system also includes an alarm prompting immediate evacuation of the building.

Fire Alarm System Description

Every residence hall facility (8) is protected by an automatic sprinkler system (100 percent coverage). Harley, Kieffer, Lackhove, McCune, McLean, Naugle, Mowrey, and Seavers halls are wet systems. The attic spaces in Harley, Kieffer, Lackhove, McCune, Naugle, and Seavers halls are dry. Every facility is monitored by a Siemens addressable fire alarm system, which reports all system conditions to the University Police Department. Room smoke detectors are a part of the fire alarm system, with smoke detectors in each room and a sounder base in each room as well. Emergency generators are provided for backup lighting, which provides backup power to the fire alarm system. Battery backup is also a part of the fire alarm system, assuring these systems will function even in a long-term power outage. Harley, Kieffer, Lackhove, McCune, Naugle, and Seavers halls have emergency notification tied to the fire alarm speakers, making it possible for university police to make an emergency notification to a single building, or any building with this system installed in it.

Fire alarm systems in Stone Ridge Commons and College Park Commons are provided and maintained by the SU Foundation. Stone Ridge Commons is protected by an automatic sprinkler system (100 percent coverage). The facility is monitored by a fire alarm system, which reports all system conditions to the SU Foundation.

Reporting Fires that are Found “After the Fact”

Per federal law, Shippensburg University is required to annually disclose statistical data on all fires that occur in on-campus, or contiguous off-campus student housing facilities. For fire incidents that are discovered “after-the-fact” or where it is uncertain that the Department of Public Safety has already been notified about a fire, students and employees are encouraged to report the incident to the Department of Public Safety to ensure the fire is investigated, if appropriate, and for inclusion in the annual fire statistics. If you find evidence of such a fire, or if you hear about such a fire, please contact the Department of Public Safety at (717) 477-1444 to initiate an incident report. If you encounter a fire that is actively burning, dial 911 for emergency assistance.

In addition to the Department of Public Safety, you may contact these offices regarding “after-the-fact” fires during regular business hours:

  • Office of Residence Life and Housing – (717) 477-1701
  • Office of Environmental Health and Safety – (717) 477-1446

When calling, please provide as much information as possible about the location, date, time and cause of the fire.

Fire Safety Systems in Residence Halls
Residence Hall
Fire Alarm Monitoring Performed by:
Smoke/Heat Detection
Pull Stations
Audio/Visual Notification System
Automatic Sprinkler System - Wet
Automatic Sprinkler System - Dry
Portable Fire Extinguishers
Evacuation Plans Posted
McCune Hall - 21 York Dr. 17257
Department of Public Safety
X
X
X
X
Attic Only
X
X
Kieffer Hall - 150 Lancaster Dr. 17257
Department of Public Safety
X
X
X
X
Attic Only
X
X
Lackhove Hall - 194 Lancaster Dr. 17257
Department of Public Safety
X
X
X
X
Attic Only
X
X
McLean Hall - 393 Adams Dr. 17257
Department of Public Safety
X
X
X
X
N/A
X
X
Mowrey Hall - 192 Cumberland Dr. 17257
Department of Public Safety
X
X
X
X
N/A
X
X
Naugle Hall - 317 Adams Dr. 17257
Department of Public Safety
X
X
X
X
Attic Only
X
X
Seavers Hall - 501 Adams Dr. 17257
Department of Public Safety
X
X
X
X
Attic Only
X
X
Presidents Hall - 147 Dauphin Dr. 17257
Department of Public Safety
X
X
X
X
Attic Only
X
X
Stone Ridge Commons - 501 N. Earl St. 17257 *
SU Foundation
X
X
X
X
Attic Only
X
X
College Park Commons - 503 N. Earl St. 17257 **
SU Foundation
X
N/A
Audio Only
N/A
N/A
X
N/A

* Apartment Complex owned by the SU Foundation, leased by the University
** Apartment Complex owned and controlled by the SU Foundation

Mandatory Supervised Fire Drills

Pennsylvania code requires two supervised fire drills per facility per year (14). The Department of Public Safety attempts to perform three drills per semester in each residence hall (21 per semester or 42 per year). Currently Mowrey Hall does not house students. Additional drills can be conducted during the year if staff warrants it. Please note that previously reported data of supervised fire drills has been amended for reporting years 2013 and 2014.

2015 - Statistics and Related Information Regarding Fires in Residence Halls
Residence Hall
Total Number of Fires
Fire Number
Total Number of Fire Drills
Nature or Cause of Fire
Number of Injuries Requiring Treatment
Number of Deaths
Estimated Value of Property Damage
McCune Hall - 21 York Dr. 17257
0
N/A
7
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Kieffer Hall - 150 Lancaster Dr. 17257
0
N/A
9
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Lackhove Hall - 194 Lancaster Dr. 17257
0
N/A
6
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
McLean Hall - 393 Adams Dr. 17257
0
N/A
7
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Mowrey Hall - 192 Cumberland Dr. 17257
0
N/A
4
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Naugle Hall - 317 Adams Dr. 17257
0
N/A
7
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Seavers Hall - 501 Adams Dr. 17257
0
N/A
5
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Presidents Hall - 147 Dauphin Dr. 17257
1
1
6
Cell phone charger caught fire
0
0
$100 - $999
Stone Ridge Commons - 501 N. Earl St. 17257 * No data available for reporting year 2015 - documentation of Fire Statistics to begin Fall Semester 2016
College Park Commons - 503 N. Earl St. 17257 ** No data available for reporting year 2015 - documentation of Fire Statistics to begin Fall Semester 2016

2014 - Statistics and Related Information Regarding Fires in Residence Halls
Residence Hall
Total Number of Fires
Fire Number
Total Number of Fire Drills
Nature or Cause of Fire
Number of Injuries Requiring Treatment
Number of Deaths
Estimated Value of Property Damage
McCune Hall - 21 York Dr. 17257
0
N/A
4
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Kieffer Hall - 150 Lancaster Dr. 17257
0
N/A
4
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Lackhove Hall - 194 Lancaster Dr. 17257
0
N/A
3
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
McLean Hall - 393 Adams Dr. 17257
0
N/A
4
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Mowrey Hall - 192 Cumberland Dr. 17257
0
N/A
8
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Naugle Hall - 317 Adams Dr. 17257
0
N/A
6
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Seavers Hall - 501 Adams Dr. 17257
0
N/A
2
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Presidents Hall - 147 Dauphin Dr. 17257
0
N/A
5
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Stone Ridge Commons - 501 N. Earl St. 17257 * No data available for reporting year 2014 - documentation of Fire Statistics to begin Fall Semester 2016
College Park Commons - 503 N. Earl St. 17257 ** No data available for reporting year 2014 - documentation of Fire Statistics to begin Fall Semester 2016

2013 - Statistics and Related Information Regarding Fires in Residence Halls
Residence Hall
Total Number of Fires
Fire Number
Total Number of Fire Drills
Nature or Cause of Fire
Number of Injuries Requiring Treatment
Number of Deaths
Estimated Value of Property Damage
McLean Hall - 393 Adams Dr. 17257
0
N/A
7
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Mowrey Hall - 192 Cumberland Dr. 17257
0
N/A
7
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
McLean Hall II - 317 Adams Dr. 17257
0
N/A
6
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Seavers Hall - 501 Adams Dr. 17257
0
N/A
7
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Presidents Hall - 147 Dauphin Dr. 17257
0
N/A
7
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Harley Hall - 101 York Dr. 17257
0
N/A
7
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Old Naugle Hall - 317 Adams Dr. 17257
0
N/A
7
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Stone Ridge Commons - 501 N. Earl St. 17257 * No data available for reporting year 2013 - documentation of Fire Statistics to begin Fall Semester 2016
College Park Commons - 503 N. Earl St. 17257 ** No data available for reporting year 2013 - documentation of Fire Statistics to begin Fall Semester 2016

University Policies

Smoking: Smoking is not permitted in any university building or fleet vehicle. Designated smoking areas have been established for the campus community. The university disciplinary process is used for those who do not follow the policy.

Appliances: Cooking appliances are prohibited in all rooms in all residence halls. Examples include hot plates, immersion coils, electric fry pans, toaster ovens, electric griddles, hot pots, toasters, popcorn poppers, and hot shots. Secondary heating appliances are not permitted, including kerosene heaters, charcoal stoves, and propane or natural gas-fired appliances.

Open Flame: Any item that may produce an open flame is prohibited. Examples include incense burning, candles, oil lamps, lanterns, potpourri burners, propane grills, and fire pits.

Decorations: Posters, flags, tapestries, or decorations shall not be hung from the ceiling, walls, or windows or cover exit doors. No natural Christmas trees or natural decorations are permitted.

Extension cords: Not permitted. An UL-approved power strip is permitted, but cannot be daisy chained.

Inspections: All apartments, rooms, suites, etc., are subject to regular and routine maintenance and safety inspections. Students cannot refuse entry under these conditions.

Evacuations: All individuals are to evacuate a building with an alarm condition. Residence halls have established meeting areas to which individuals should report. Academic buildings exit on alarm, but do not have one designated meeting area. Periodic room inspections during a drill are conducted to assure compliance with the policy.

Training programs: Various training programs are conducted on campus. Residence hall staff provides training to students on evacuation procedures, meeting areas, room regulations concerning items that are prohibited, smoking policies, etc. Other fire safety programs are conducted for new hires after they join the university, explaining policies for evacuation, what is permitted in their workspace, and other information. Specialized training sessions are conducted for various staff members. Examples would be extinguisher usage for the Resident Life staff and fire safety for daycare. Faculty members receive training during orientation.

Plans for Future Fire Safety Improvements

There currently are no plans to further upgrade the fire alarm/suppression systems in the existing residence halls. A feasibility study has been authorized to determine what upgrades can be made in McLean and Mowrey halls in the coming years. Fire alarm/suppression systems are upgraded during renovation projects. All residence halls have fire alarm systems with room smoke detection reporting to the University Police Department. The system is capable of sending mass notification messages through the fire alarm system. The buildings are 100 percent sprinklered.