The following objects are among the items that are prohibited. This is not an exhaustive list.
If you have a question about an appliance or item not listed here, please contact the campus fire marshal at (585) 899-3833.
More information can be found on the fire safety page of the Office of Safety and Security website.
- Any device with an open flame (candles, Bunsen Burners, etc.).
Examples of prohibited open flame devices [pdf]
Examples of prohibited incense [pdf]
- Halogen lamps, neon signs, or medusa/multi-head lamps with plastic shades.
Examples of prohibited lamps/signs [pdf]
- Heat activated or plug-in type air fresheners.
Examples of prohibited air fresheners [pdf]
- Extension cords and multi-plug adapters. UL-listed power strips with a circuit breaker are permitted. No more than one strip can be used per outlet. Power strips should not pose a safety hazard.
Examples of prohibited extension cords/adapters [pdf]
Examples of approved power strips [pdf]
- Any material such as flags, sheets, posters, or netting fastened to or covering the ceiling lights, smoke detectors or sprinkler heads. Any item hanging on a wall must be a minimum of 18 inches from the ceiling.
- Torn or ripped chairs, couches, or furniture.
- Rugs, carpets, or curtains unless they are flame resistant and labeled as such. (The College has flame-resistant curtains, carpets, mattresses, and furniture in all residence hall rooms.)
- Natural (potted or fresh cut) decorations (examples include pine decorations, leaves, cornstalks, etc.).
Examples of prohibited natural decorations [pdf].
- Electric or fuel portable heaters and air conditioners.
Examples of prohibited heaters/air conditioners [pdf].
- All electrical appliances used for cooking food, including hot plates, indoor grills, toasters, toaster ovens, or electric frying pans, etc.
Examples of prohibited electrical appliances [pdf].
- Hoverboards, also known as motorized self-balancing or hands-free scooters.
Examples of hoverboards [pdf]
- Personal items, objects, and furniture impeding emergency egress.
Be Fire Safe Every Day
- Unplug hair dryers and curling irons when not in use.
- Be aware of your surroundings - Know Two Ways Out [pdf]
- Don't use space heaters. Report any heating issues in your room to Facilities.
- Don't use extension cords or cube taps.
- Don't overload power strips.
- Keep halls and stairwells clear of clutter.
- If the building evacuation alarm sounds - leave the building.
- Know your residence hall short-term and long-term assembly points.
Residence Hall Fire Alarms
Smoke detectors are sensitive to a number of items in addition to smoke from fire, including high levels of dust, powders, steam, and mists. A room or hall smoke detector may activate upon exposure to these products. This type of activation is classified as a nuisance alarm. The Fire Department must respond in emergency mode to any fire alarm activation on Campus, and the College can be fined by the Town for excessive nuisance alarms.