Residential Fire Safety

Dormitory fire safety is one of the highest priorities on campus. Dormitories are protected by automatic fire alarm systems with smoke and heat detectors, and automatic sprinkler systems that increasing the possibility for fire containment. Students are advised to review the escape routes in advance of an emergency to identify their primary and secondary exit routes. Fire drills are held quarterly.

Rules and regulations have been established to prevent a fire event in dormitories. Possession or use of candles or other open flame devices (even if for religious purposes) are not permitted in RIT housing. All torchier style lamps, including but not limited to those that use a halogen, incandescent, or fluorescent bulbs are prohibited. Any style lamp that uses halogen bulb 300 watts or more is also prohibited. The full list of rules and regulations are outlined in the RIT Housing Terms and should not be taken lightly.

Electrical Hazards

Never overload electrical outlets by plugging too many electronics into it. Using surge protectors to increase the number of outlets where needed is OK and they provide protection of sensitive equipment as well. However, avoid chaining multiple extension cords and surge protectors together. Keep wires out in the open and be sure not to put pressure or tension on the cords (such as stretching a cord or placing it under a desk). Electronics which generate large amounts of heat (such as space heaters and soldering irons) should be monitored at all times.


Furniture should be placed in a manner that allows easy flow of traffic throughout your living space. Never place furniture so that it protrudes or blocks walkways, doorways, stairs, or windows, even if it is for a short time. Lofted or bunked beds can be a hazard. Be sure that there is at least 36 inches above the top mattress.


If you find yourself cooking, the most important thing to remember is that you should never leave the area. Unattended stoves or ovens are often causes of fires. If a fire occurs while you are cooking, smother the fire instead of using water. Baking soda can be used to put out a grease fire. Secure all loose clothing and hair so that it does not catch fire and keep a fire extinguisher close.