Student Fire Safety

Fire Safety for Students Living ON CAMPUS

Fire Safety for Students Living OFF CAMPUS

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The University of Vermont is committed to the safety of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors.  All on-campus residence halls are equipped with automatic fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, carbon monoxide detection, and cooking fire suppression systems.  For more information on fire safety in our residence halls, please see the most current Student Housing Fire Safety Report.

All students are strongly encouraged to sign up for UVM's CatAlert emergency notification system.  In the event of an emergency, voice, text, and e-mail notifications will be sent to all devices which have been registered.  For more information about emergency management at UVM, and to sign up for CatAlert notifications, visit CatAlert Emergency Notification.


Fire Safety for Students Living On Campus:

Certain items are prohibited in UVM residence halls.  These items include, but are not limited to: 

  • candles
  • incense
  • most cooking appliances
  • charcoal
  • flammable liquids  and other hazardous materials
  • smoking
  • multi plug electrical adapters
  • halogen lamps

For further information, please see the Department of Residential Life Fire Safety Page




Fire Safety for Students Living Off-Campus:

There have been six campus-related fire deaths in the 2011-2012 academic year.  Since January 2000, Campus Firewatch has documented 152 campus-related fire deaths with 86% of them occurring in off-campus housing.

Common factors seen in a number of these fatal fires include:

  • Missing or disabled smoke alarms
  • Lack of automatic fire sprinklers
  • Careless disposal of smoking materials
  • Impaired judgment from alcohol leading to ignition or inability to escape the fire
  • Upholstered furniture on porches or decks contributing to the fire

In addition to the above factors, unattended cooking and unattended candles are common hazards in off-campus housing.

If you are planning to move off campus, check out the Off Campus Living Workshops sponsored by the UVM Office of Student and Community Relations at