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Fire Safety - Prevention and Protection

There are two main components to the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) fire safety program; the fire protection systems, including the maintenance and inspection of the campus fire extinguishers, fire alarm systems, fire suppression systems, and sprinkler systems; and our fire safety/prevention programs.

Fire Protection Systems

A majority of Kutztown University's buildings are protected by automatic fire alarm systems. If a fire occurs in the building, smoke or heat sensors will detect the fire, automatically sound the alarm, and notify Public Safety & Police Services. All university residence facilities are protected by automatic fire alarm systems. All automatic fire alarm systems are constantly monitored by Public Safety & Police Services staff.

All residence halls and most education/general purpose buildings at Kutztown University are equipped with automatic water-based fire sprinkler systems. These sprinkler systems include wet systems (water in piping at all times),  dry-pipe systems in spaces prone to sub-freezing temperatures, fire hose connections in stairways of taller buildings, and fire pumps to increase pressure and flow, to meet applicable code requirements. All sprinkler systems are monitored through the building fire alarm system and will trigger the fire alarm if sprinkler activation occurs. Find our more about the fire safety systems in Kutztown University's residence facilities.

Special agent fire suppression systems have been installed to protect sensitive equipment such as computer servers, telephone PBX equipment, and food service cooking appliances. EHS establishes equipment requirements and oversees the maintenance/testing of all fire protection systems.

Safety and Fire Prevention Inspections

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety, in conjunction with Housing and Residential Services staff, performs periodic safety and fire prevention inspections in all on-campus residence halls. EHS conducts inspections of all common spaces in each building, which include lobbies, corridors, restrooms, stairwells, recreation, or special use areas as well as mechanical rooms. The inspections include, but are not limited to: a visual inspection of fire extinguishers, fire sprinkler components and valves, life safety devices such as exit signs, and panic hardware on doors and fire alarm devices.  Residence Life staff conduct resident room safety inspections at least once per academic year and forward those reports to EHS for review.

In addition to inspections performed by campus personnel, the university contracts with qualified vendors to perform inspection and testing of building fire alarm and fire suppression systems. Residence Hall life safety and fire suppression systems are inspected and tested bi-annually.

Fire/Life Safety Consulting and Training 

EHS Staff is available to answer questions that may arise concerning fire or life safety including, but not limited to: exit issues, storage and occupancy loads, kitchen fire safety, special events safety concerns, and holiday decorations. We also offer a variety of training programs including fire prevention workshops, special drills, and hands-on fire extinguisher training. The following is an example of a past fire/life safety program - Dorm Room Fire Demonstration