Fire Safety

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Protect Yourself and Others

  • If you hear an alarm, evacuate the building immediately.
  • If you suspect a fire, pull the fire alarm and evacuate. Then call 911.
  • If smoke or fire prevents evacuation, stay in your room and call 911.
  • Report all damaged/vandalized fire safety equipment to Housing Security by contacting DPSS Dispatch.
  • Read your hall's fire safety information and understand your evacuation route. Instructions are located on the inside of your room door.
  • Never pull a false fire alarm. It is a violation of state law and can endanger the lives of emergency responders and others.
  • Comply with residence hall fire safety policies and guidelines to help reduce the likelihood of accidental fire. Never participate in any activity that can create a fire hazard.
  • Safely use electrical outlets and multiple prong surge protectors. Periodically check the cords to all electrical and electronic appliances to ensure that there are no frayed wires or cords under flammable items such as rugs or clothing.

Follow Electrical Safety Guidelines

  • All electrical devices or power equipment, such as appliances, cords and power strips, must be UL-certified and installed according to manufacturer’s specifications and all other applicable codes.
  • For the protection of personal property from damage caused by fluctuation in the flow of electricity, it is strongly recommended that power strips also have a surge protection device.
  • Do not overload outlets or power strips. If a wall socket or extension cord is warm to the touch, it is overloaded.
  • Do not alter the prongs of polarized plugs to make them fit an outlet.
  • Do not “daisy chain” cords, plugs or connections together.
  • Do not run electrical cords under rugs or furniture where they may be pinched or stepped on. Heat can build up and start a fire. In addition, cords can be frayed and expose wires, which can also result in a fire.
  • Never cover lamps with clothing, paper, drapes or other things that can burn.
  • Any violation of these policies could result in a fire.

Fire Suppression in the Residence Halls

All residence halls have fire supression systems which include sprinkler heads throughout the building: in student rooms, closets, corridors and public areas. Each sprinkler head has a glass tube, which can be broken by a blow or intense heat.

The success of these fire suppression systems depends in part on students’ commitment to respect the system as well as the safety rules of the residence halls. Read and follow the Fire Suppression System Guidelines to keep sprinkler systems intact and help ensure your protection.

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Fire Safety in Northwood Community Apartments

  • Never leave the apartment when food is cooking on the stove or in the oven.
  • Do not disconnect or otherwise disable apartment fire/smoke alarms.
  • Never use aluminum foil to line stoves, burners, cupboards, or walls. Trapped grease can cause a fire. It is also a potential breeding ground for pests.
  • Do not leave candles or other open flames unattended.
  • Do not use charcoal grills inside the apartment.
  • Never leave charcoal grills with hot coals unattended.
  • Never empty charcoal coals into the dumpster without first dousing the coals with water or making sure they are completely cooked.
  • Do not store flammable or explosive substances in the apartment or storage area.
  • Test the smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button. Replace batteries as needed. (Northwood IV and V only)
  • Check the condition of the fire extinguishers by checking the indicator gauge and plastic seal.
  • Do not leave clothes dryers running when no one is in the apartment. Clean lint vent after each use.

Heating & Cooking

  • Protect eyes from spattering grease when cooking. The likelihood of this injury increases as the stove heat is increased.
  • Make regular visual inspections of gas appliances. The flame on furnaces, stove pilots, and stove burners should be blue. A mostly yellow flame indicates that fuel is not burning completely and could be a potential source of carbon monoxide.
  • The oven has a safety delay of up to one minute before igniting. The oven will automatically maintain a constant temperature.
  • Do not use open-flame cooking appliances or an unvented space heater to heat your home, e.g., gas range, oven, or kerosene heater.
  • Avoid wearing loose-sleeved clothing when cooking or working around an open flame.
  • Gas furnaces need sufficient oxygen to burn properly. Do not block furnace air intakes. Allow a minimum of three feet clearnace around these appliances.
  • Personal property must be kept at least three feet away from the hot water tank and furnace (outside the yellow line in Northwood IV or V).
  • Do not attach anything to or hang anything from plumbing, fixtures, air ducts, or electrical lines.
  • To learn more about fire safety, contact University Housing Security.

Remove Prohibited Items from Your Apartment

Items listed below have resulted in safety hazards, fire or life-threatening situations at U-M or other college campuses. Consequently, possession of any of these items in any apartment is considered a serious breach of the apartment contract:

  • Additional locks, latches, or similar devices installed on any apartment entrance door or interior doors.
  • Airsoft guns
  • Clothes washers and dryers in Northwood II
  • Drug-related paraphernalia
  • Firearms, fireworks, explosives
  • Foil-lined cupboards, stove and/or walls
  • Gasoline and highly flammable substances
  • Halogen lamps or bulbs
  • Illegal guns or prescription drugs without a prescription
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Natural cut trees, branches and/or greens
  • Paintball guns
  • Pets, except some fish
  • Trampolines
  • Waterbeds/waterchairs
  • Waterpipes (hookahs)
  • Weapons, including any used for decorative or collecting purposes

University Housing is a unit of Student Life, and an equal opportunity educator and employer.

For housing related questions, please contact University Housing.
Email: housing@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 763-3164