Fire safety is a primary concern not only for Residential Services, but for the experts at Penn who manage Fire and Emergency Services for the entire campus.
The Fire and Emergency Services Department ensures a safe operational environment at the University for the students, faculty, and staff along with the protection of University property by providing a contemporary fire and safety program that is continuously reviewed, updated and coordinated with students, employees, and contractors at the University. This concerted safety effort is a shared responsibility that addresses quality of life issues for the entire Penn community.
The University of Pennsylvania provides multiple methods of fire protection in all its residential buildings:
Residents can find Evacuation Plans posted in hallways and elevators within their building. In addition, residents can find their Evacuation Plan Bulletin by going to http://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/pennready/eprepbulletins/ and searching for their building of residence.
Emergency Exit Drills
An important component of Penn’s Public Safety Delivery System is the conducting of reality based emergency evacuation procedures. Emergency exit drills are required by the Philadelphia Fire Prevention Code and are held in all residences twice a semester. These drills are supervised by the professional staff of the Department of Fire and Occupational Safety and include alarm activation to ensure fire protection and reliability, along with an orderly, disciplined evacuation, followed by a thorough inspection of the building to immediately rectify any code related issues. Finally, an on-site discussion is held with students to evaluate and improve, when necessary, the performance of the fire drills.
Every year the Department of Fire and Emergency Services inspect all buildings to ensure that the University’s buildings and its fire protection systems are operating at a high level of safety and readiness. These inspections are complemented by twice yearly Residential Services Health and Safety inspections.
Immediately prior to New Students arriving on campus Residence Advisors (RA) and Graduate Assistants (GA) attend workshops and receive comprehensive fire safety training, which they in turn provide to the new students. Additionally, first year students are required to attend safety and security programs during New Student Orientation, which take place on Labor Day Weekend each year. Fire Safety is an integral part of our overall safety program. Subjects that are covered include: emergency exit drills, overview of the University’s fire protection systems, how to report an emergency and how to conduct yourself during an emergency. Students are also educated regarding the consequences of tampering with fire protection equipment along with engaging of false alarms. Information is provided about the prohibition of fire works, candles and portable heaters.