Fire Safety

Summary of Policy

A policy that outlines fire safety measures.

Affected Parties

All Groups

Policy Statement

Safety and Security takes fire safety at Dartmouth College very seriously.

Dartmouth has been very lucky in regard to fires in its residence halls and Greek housing and has not had deaths resulting from fires. We believe this is due to the strong proactive measures we take and the information we share with the students.

Students should know that it is a crime to tamper with a fire detection and fire suppression system, including smokeheads.

Tampering with smokeheads in the student's rooms falls under College discipline and carries a hundred dollar fine, because smokeheads are so crucial to ensuring safety. Students, College faculty and employees need to know that you can not do anything that would prevent a smokehead or sprinkler head from functioning properly.

Be Aware

  • Candles are not allowed to be burned. If a burning candle is found, it is considered a fire safety violation which carries a $100 fine.
  • Tampering with a smokehead or fire suppression system including fire extinguishers is a fire safety violation. If it is part of a building's built in system, it is also a state crime.
  • Do not park in fire lanes. When you do, you are preventing emergency equipment from accessing the scene of an emergency. Parking in a fire lane also constitutes a $100 fine.
  • During a fire alarm you MUST leave the building as soon as the alarm is sounded. If you have any concerns, wait outside for a Safety and Security Officer or the Fire Department to arrive. Do not assume that it is a false alarm.
  • If you should find a fire, close the door to the room it is in. Then find the nearest pull station, activate it and exit from the building. Let the firefighters put out the fire.

Policy ID


Effective Date

January 1, 2016

Last Revised Date

May 15, 2023


Finance & Administration

Office of Primary Responsibility

Department of Safety and Security

Last Reviewed Date

May 15, 2023

Next Review Date