Annual Fire Safety Report

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The University of Georgia is under the jurisdiction of the State Fire Marshal’s Office of the State of Georgia. Fire safety related matters are regulated by State Law Title 25, Title 8 and Title 120-3-3. 120-3-3 adopts a variety of codes including the Life Safety Code, The International Fire Code and the International Building code among others.

Office of Fire Safety, Environmental Safety Division:

The Office of Fire Safety is a department of the Environmental Safety Division of the University of Georgia. It is charged with providing assistance to the University Community in all fire safety related issues. Fire Safety provides the following services:

  1. Inspection of University facilities for compliance with the Life Safety Code and other fire safety related issues.
  2. Review of building plans and inspection of renovations involving University buildings.
  3. Fire Safety and fire extinguisher training for University faculty, staff and students.
  4. Pre-planning for fire emergencies.
  5. Investigation of fires on University properties.

The Office of Fire Safety can be reached at 706-542-5801 or visit for additional information.

University Housing Policies:

All University Housing policies can be reviewed on their website at The last major revision of University Housing policy was in 2007. Housing is currently conducting another revision of their policies but it will take several months to complete. The following policies relate directly to fire safety:

  1. The following items are prohibited in University Housing:
    • Incense, burning candles, lit cigarettes, pipes or any other open flame;
    • Tampering with fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire doors and other fire equipment;
    • Motor powered vehicles such as motorcycles, mopeds, scooters and similar vehicles;
    • Electrical appliances with an exposed heating element;
    • Halogen light bulbs;
    • Fireworks and pyrotechnic devices;
    • Loft beds not provided by University Housing; and
    • Smoking of any material within Housing Facilities or within 35 feet of their entrance/exit.
  2. Failure to evacuate a residence hall during a fire alarm or a fire drill will result in a discipline referral and possible arrest by the University Police. Failing to evacuate for a fire alarm in a timely manner may result in a student conduct referral.
  3. The reckless obstruction of a fire exit in a residence hall or at a residence hall sponsored activity is prohibited. Stairwell and other fire doors may not be propped open unless supported by a magnetic fire door closer. No combustibles or debris may be kept in corridors or stairwells.
  4. Bicycles cannot be operated or stored in hallways, stairwells, or any other areas inside the hall except for designated bicycle storage areas. Bicycles should not be attached to railings, benches, trees or in other exterior locations that obstruct access to stairways, sidewalks, or entrances.
  5. Nothing should be hung from sprinkler heads and sprinkler systems should not be tampered with.
  6. Smoke detectors should never be disconnected.
    • Electrical appliances must conform to the following:
    • All electrical appliances must be UL listed;
    • All electrical appliances must be plugged directly into a wall outlet or be used with an approved extension cord;
    • Resident owned refrigerators must be 118 volts (+ or – 5%), 60 Hz and do not draw more than 1.5 amps or 180 watts of power;
    • Irons may be used with ironing boards only; and
    • Other appliances (i.e. radios, lamps, stereos, etc.) must not overload the room’s electrical system.
  7. Cooking in residence hall rooms is limited to the following appliances, which may only be used for their intended purpose: electric grills not exceeding 760 watts, sealed unit coffee makers and popcorn poppers, hot pots, crock pots, toasters or toaster ovens, and compact microwave ovens (1.0 cubic feet maximum capacity and 700 watt maximum power). Students must not leave items unattended while cooking.
  8. Decorations and modifications must conform to the following:
    • Electrical accessories must be UL approved. Electrical devices may not be spliced into existing wires; use only extension cords.
    • All carpet must be rate fire retardant Class A or B;
    • All drapes must be made of fire retardant fabric; and
    • Decorations along walls of hallways and on the outside of doors should be kept to no more than 10% of the surface area to reduce the risk of fire.
  9. Holiday decorations must conform to the following:
    • No live trees are permitted in the residence halls;
    • Artificial trees made of aluminum or any other metal may not be wired with lights;
    • Residence hall entrance doors, doors and windows in other areas, and doors and windows in student apartments may be decorated in a manner that doesn’t deface or damage property or create a fire hazard;
    • All lights or other electrical decorations must be approved by a Graduate Resident (GA), Assistant Area Coordinator (AAC);
    • Residence Hall Director (RHD), or Area Coordinator (AC); and
    • Leaves, grass, straw, or other natural flammable items may not be placed in residence hall common areas of student rooms, suites and/or apartments.

Evacuation and Reporting:

  1. All students must evacuate the residence hall immediately when a fire alarm sounds.
  2. Any student that sees a fire should sound the building fire alarm immediately.
  3. All fires and/or heat related damage/smoldering material, etc. should be reported immediately by calling 911 or the University Police 706-542-2200. All incidents must also be immediately reported to the students Graduate Resident (GR), Assistant Area Coordinator (AAC), Residence Hall Director (RHD), or Area Coordinator (AC).


  1. All Resident Assistants and Graduate Residents receive training in fire safety and fire extinguisher use on an annual basis.
  2. All Graduate Residents are trained in the appropriate operation of residence hall fire alarm systems and fire alarm panels.
  3. All members of Greek Life organizations are required to attend a one hour fire safety presentation annually.
  4. All University of Georgia faculty, staff and students can sign up to take fire safety and fire extinguisher training which scheduled on a monthly basis. Training is conducted by The Office of Fire Safety and those eligible to take the training can contact The Office of Fire Safety or University Training and Development.

Residential Facilities Fire Protection and General Information 2013–2016

Higher Education Act Residential Fire Safety Features

Contact the UGA Police Department:

UGA Police Department
286 Oconee St. Suite 100
Athens, GA, 30602
Emergency Phone: (706) 542-2200