Fire Safety on Campus

Fire safety is taken very seriously in our residential facilities. This page includes information about steps the university has taken to protect our students and staff members, as well as steps students can take to protect themselves in the event of a fire. Please take a few moments to review this page. Please feel free to direct any questions to or (254) 710-3642.

Smoke Detectors
All of our residential facilities have smoke detection systems which are maintained and monitored by the Baylor Police Department and our fire & security contractor. Each room and public area is equipped with a smoke detector. As these systems are monitored and maintained by Baylor University, please do not attempt to test or modify the detector in any way. Additionally, to prevent confusion, personal smoke detectors are prohibited in individual rooms.

Sprinkler Systems
Most of our residential facilities have sprinkler systems. Our facilities with functional fire suppression devices in Fall 2009 include Alexander, Allen, Collins, Dawson, Kokernot, Martin, Memorial, North Russell, and South Russell Residence Halls. Additionally, the North Village Houses, Brooks College, and Brooks Flats have fire suppression systems.

Fire Prevention Strategies
Baylor University's Department of Risk Management has established several policies to assist Campus Living & Learning in preventing fires. Among other things, these policies allow approved university officials to perform random fire safety inspections and prevent items and activities identified as dangerous or likely to increase the chance of fire. Some examples of prohibited items and acts include:

  • Tampering with fire safety equipment, including smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or fire alarm pull stations
  • Damaging signage associated with fire safety
  • Blocking doorways
  • Candles
  • Space-heaters
  • Multi-plug outlets
  • Extension cords (note: operational surge protectors may be used, as long as they are plugged directly into the wall)

For a full list of prohibited items and to view the Risk Management Policies, please visit Risk Management's Website and look at Section Eleven.

Fire Drills
Campus Living & Learning conducts one fire drill per semester for each residence hall with interior hallways. These drills are performed at random intervals and are conducted in cooperation with the University Fire Marshall and the Baylor Police Department.

Emergency Exits
Each room in our residence halls has a minimum of two identified exits in the event of an emergency. Emergency exit maps are posted throughout each facility.

Prepare Yourself
Be prepared to respond to a fire in your residence hall. When you move in, take a few moments to familiarize yourself with your surroundings. Follow these simple steps to create an individualized plan of escape:

  1. Try your window to ensure it functions as intended. Please note: windows in some residential buildings are not intended as an alternate means of egress. Confer with your residence hall director for information about your building.
  2. Walk down the corridor and find the nearest two fire exits. Remember, never use the elevator in a fire. The elevators are programmed to automatically recall to the ground floor and will not function during a fire.
  3. Count the doorways between your room and the exits. If the corridor is full of smoke, you will need to know your way as you crawl to the nearest exit.
  4. All Baylor University Residence Halls have a fire alarm system. Find the nearest fire alarm pull station and familiarize yourself with how it functions. Do not activate these stations unless there is a fire.

Responding to a Fire
In the event that you hear a fire alarm in your building, do the following:

  1. Don't panic! Panic is usually the result of not knowing what to do. If you are prepared to respond to a fire, you are far less likely to panic.
  2. Locate your room key and carry it with you. You may need to reenter your room if the fire exits are blocked by fire.
  3. Check your bedroom door for heat. If is is cool, open your door and proceed to the nearest safe exit. You may have to crawl to avoid smoke.
  4. If your room door is hot, do not open your door. Additionally, if you encounter a blocked fire exit, return to your room and do the following.
  • Seal cracks in doors and vents with a wet towl or clothing
  • Report the fire and your position to the Baylor Police Department by calling (254) 710-2222
  • If there is no smoke outside of your window, hang a sheet or light-colored clothing out the window to alert rescue personnel that you are in the room waiting for help
  • If there is smoke outside of your window, make yourself visible to rescue personnel by waving a light-colored object while standing in front of your window
  • If smoke enters your room, close the window and tie a wet, folded cloth over your nose and mouth.

Again, having a plan is important to responding appropriately to a fire. If you have any questions or concerns about this plan or how you should respond, please feel free to email Living or call (254) 710-2222.