Annual Campus Fire Safety Report

Revised: N/A
Effective Date: October 15, 2013
Review Date: October, 2014


Fire safety is essential in protecting a campus community from injuries, deaths, business interruption, and property damage resulting from fires.

In an effort to standardize the information an institution publishes on fire safety, the U.S. Department of Education  requires all universities that maintain on-campus student housing facilities and receive U.S. Department of Education funding  to publish an annual fire safety report, maintain a fire log, and report fire statistics to the Secretary of Education. This Annual Fire Safety Report is also posted on the Montana State University Residence Life website.  Paper copies of the full report are available upon request at the Residence Life Office during business hours.

100.00 Fire Safety Policies

110.00  Fire Safety Policies

Use of Electrical Appliances
Within the residence halls, hot plates, George Foreman Grills and toaster ovens are not permitted. Other appliances are allowed provided there are no exposed heating elements. Within Family and Graduate Housing, standard household electrical appliances are allowed.

Montana State University became a ""tobacco-free"" campus, effective August 1, 2012. Smoking is prohibited within the residence halls, public areas and student rooms. Smoking is prohibited in all Family & Graduate Housing Apartments and grounds.

Open Flames
Within the residence halls system, any type of open flame is prohibited. Within Family and Graduate Housing open flames are allowed when operated under safe conditions.

120. Policies Applicable to Residence Halls

Burning of candles is prohibited. (Residence Hall Handbook, Pg. 24).

Cooking in Rooms
Only minimal cooking is allowed in student rooms. Permitted appliances are popcorn poppers, coffee pots, hot pots, toasters and small microwave ovens. (Residence Hall Handbook, Pg. 25)

Halogen lamps, lava lamps, and space heaters are not allowed in the residence halls due to significant fire hazards. (Residence Hall Handbook, Pg. 30)  

Burning of incense in the residence halls is strictly prohibited. (Residence Hall Handbook, Pg. 30)

Family and Graduate Housing Fire Safety rules: Gasoline, kerosene, burning fluid, or other combustible or explosive materials are prohibited. Any condition that creates a fire hazard is prohibited and must be eliminated upon request of University Staff.

130.00 Prohibited Acts

The following acts are prohibited in any University Housing and will result in disciplinary action and possible criminal  charges:
  1. Misuse of any fire equipment, including extinguishers, pipes, pull stations, smoke/heat detectors, hoses, exit signs, emergency lights, horns, alarms, bells, and doors;
  2. starting fires;
  3. setting off false alarms;
  4. failing to evacuate and/or hindering in the evacuation of others; and
  5. the use of fire escapes during a “non-emergency” (Residence Hall Handbook, Pg. 27).

140.00  University Response to Arson

Arson is the act of maliciously, voluntarily, and willfully setting fire to the building, buildings, or other property within the building.  Arson is a criminal offense and will be treated as such. Any acts or attempted acts of arson will result in disciplinary sanctions, up to and including suspension or expulsion from the university as well as criminal charges. (Residence Hall Handbook, Pg. 23)

200.00 Fire Statistics

The on-campus student housing fire statistics for January 1, 2010-December 31, 2012 are noted below.

Building Name Date Time Cause Of Fire Injuries that required treatment at medical facility Value of property damage (approximately)
Roskie 12/12/2012 6:30 AM Several items burned - 2nd Floor No N/A
Roskie 12/10/2012 8:00 AM Ceiling Burn Marks - 3rd Floor No N/A
North Hedges 11/30/2012 1:00 PM Burned Door Decorations - 5th Floor No N/A
North Hedges 11/27/2012 10:30 PM Burned Posters - 6th Floor No N/A
North Hedges 11/25/2012 10:30 PM Burned Posters - 3rd Floor No N/A
Roskie 11/11/2012 1:00 AM Burned Posters - 3rd Floor No N/A
South Hedges 10/16/2012 11:00 PM Singed Poster No N/A
Roskie 10/8/2012 5:00 PM Stovetop Fire No 516.14
Quad A 9/14/2012 9:00 AM Partially burned poster No N/A
North Hedges 4/15/2012 5:00 PM Singed Poster No N/A
North Hedges 4/10/2012 7:30 PM Black Smoke Marks in elevators No N/A
North Hedges 4/5/2012 4:30 PM Black Smoke Marks in E and W Elevators No N/A
North Hedges 3/24/2012 10:00 AM Singed Poster No N/A
North Hedges 3/7/2012 3:00 PM Singed Sign by Elevator No N/A
North Hedges 3/6/2012 4:00 PM Singed Door Decorations No N/A
Peter Koch 3/4/2012 9:30 PM Stovetop Fire No $31
Roskie 2/15/2012 10:30 PM Singed Door Decorations No N/A
Roskie 2/7/2012 5:30 PM Attempt to light door knob on fire No N/A
Roskie 2/3/2012 2:00 PM Burned toilet paper in bathroom stall No N/A
North Hedges 1/29/2012 7:30 AM Melted bag in trash can outside No N/A
South Hedges 1/23/2012 9:30 PM Singed Door Decorations No N/A
Langford 10/26/2011 2:00 PM Singed poster - Exterior Building No N/A
North Hedges 2/16/2011 2:00 PM Burn Marks - Elevator Interior No N/A
South Hedges 10/5/2010 9:30 PM Burned paper taped to elevator No N/A
Roskie 4/5/2010 12:30 AM Cigarette Butt burned hole in 5th Floor trash can No N/A
Roskie 4/5/2010 12:30 AM Cigarette Butt burned hole in 2nd Floor trash can No N/A
Johnstone 3/17/2010 11:00 PM Student possession caught fire and burned hole in carpet No N/A
Roskie 3/9/2010 12:00 AM Door Decoration burned - 6th Floor No N/A
Roskie 1/16/2010 2:30 AM Door Decoration singed - 5th Floor No N/A

300.00. Fire Safety System

Below is a list of on campus residential buildings and their current fire/life safety status.

Building Name Fire Alarm System Fire Sprinkler System Standpipes
Hedges North X X X
Hedges South X X X
Hedges Suite East X X  
Hedges Suite West X X  
Roskie X X X
Langford X X X
Johnstone Center X X X
Hapner X X  
Hannon X X  
Quads X X  
Branegan X    
Paisley Court X    
Peter Koch X X X
Nelson Story X X X
Grant Chamberlain X    
McIntosh X X  
East Julia Martin X    
West Julia Martin X    
West Side Houses X    

400.00. Fire Drills

Residence Life

Within the residence halls, fire drills are conducted in each building at the beginning of each academic period. Fire drills are unannounced and assist in the educational process for students and staff alike. In 2012 the following fire drills were conducted:

  • Spring 2012 - January 30, 2012: One fire drill per hall
  • Fall 2012 - September 10, 2012: One fire drill per hall

Fire drills are mandatory and failure to participate in fire drill is subject to disciplinary action.

Family and Graduate Housing

Tenants are instructed to follow the Exit Drills in the Home (E.D.I.T.H) procedure, which is endorsed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Information is distributed to each tenant during their individual orientation meeting, then revisited annually with each household during the week of welcome (1st week in September) and reiterated during our Safety Fair (2nd week in September).

500.00 Fire Evacuation Procedures

510.00  Residence Life

Resident Assistants explain the evacuation procedures to residents at the first floor meeting of each academic semester, including discussion of evacuation plans posted at each floor exit door. Residents are directed to exit through the nearest safe exit route/stairwell, and are informed of the exterior hall meeting location for students.
Students are required to evacuate any residence hall immediately upon the sound of an alarm and may not re-enter until authorized by University personnel.

Assuming there is no visible smoke or flames during an evacuation, Resident Assistants will conduct a facilities sweep of the floor, keying into each resident room and checking all common areas, to insure that the resident evacuation is complete.

During the alarm, front desk personnel document the fire alarm and evacuation progress. Residence Life Senior Staff members facilitate the fire panel and direct residence life staff during the alarm.

Residents are not permitted to re-enter until Residence Life staff, fire department personnel, and/or University Police give authorization.

520.00  Family and Graduate Housing

Tenants are instructed to evacuate their apartment and call 911 if they hear an alarm or see smoke or fire.

600.00 Fire Safety Education and Training

610.00  Residence Life

All residence halls are equipped with portable fire extinguishers and Resident Assistants attend and complete live-fire extinguishing training and fire evacuation simulation each academic year.

Students in the residence halls are provided with the housing requirements set forth in Section 110.00 and instructed on evacuation procedures as noted in Section 510.00.

620.00  Family and Graduate Housing

Check-in Appointment - Tenants are required to attend a check-in appointment within one week of their move into their apartment. During this meeting, tenants are given the following instructions. These are ongoing throughout the year, dependent on when the tenant(s) obtains housing.

  • If an alarm is audible, vacate the building immediately in a safe manner,
  • If smoke or fire are visible, contact UPD [911] immediately and report visible fire/smoke
  • Tenants are encouraged and instructed to practice E.D.I.T.H.

Fire Safety Brochure (September 1-15) - A fire safety brochure is delivered to all tenants during our week of welcome. This provides information for new tenants and a refresher for existing tenants. Details are listed below:

E.D.I.T.H (Exit Drills in the Home) –education materials provided by NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) are provided to the tenants.

Family & Graduate Housing Safety Fair --Held within first two weeks of fall semester, the Annual Safety Fair is an event for all tenants of Family & Graduate Housing. Fire safety is featured, along with a variety of other safety related topics (bicycle safety, household safety/security, neighborhood crime reporting, fire extinguisher training, personal safety, etc.)

All Family & Graduate Housing Apartments are equipped with portable fire extinguishers and Community Assistants attend and complete live fire extinguisher training.

700.00 Fire Log

The Fire Log includes date, time and location of fire reports and the nature of the fire for the most recent 60 day period.

The MSU fire log is accessible online and hard copies are available at the Residence Life Office during normal business hours.

800.00 Reporting Fires

FIRE EMERGENCY: Report a fire emergency by calling 911.

NON-EMERGENCY:  MSU is required to annually disclose statistical data on all fires that occur in on-campus housing facilities.  To report a non-emergency fire which has already been extinguished in on-campus housing call the MSU Safety and Risk Management Fire and Life Safety at (406) 994-7583 or the Residence Life Office at (406) 994-2661.  

900.00 Fire Safety Improvement Plans

Residence Life – University Housing will continue its current practices and will periodically reassess the success of its current policies in promoting fire safety. 

Family and Graduate Housing - Staff will conduct additional programming on fire safety when the annual fire extinguisher inspections are conducted. An additional brochure is now being distributed in the housing unit that promotes Exit Drills in the Home (E.D.I.T.H.).