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:
- Inspection of University facilities for compliance with the Life Safety Code and other fire safety related issues.
- Review of building plans and inspection of renovations involving University buildings.
- Fire Safety and fire extinguisher training for University faculty, staff, and students.
- Pre-planning for fire emergencies.
- Investigation of fires on University properties.
The Office of Fire Safety can be reached at 706‑369‑5706 or visit https://esd.uga.edu/for additional information.
University Housing Policies
All hall graduate and professional staff are trained in the appropriate operation of residence hall fire alarm systems and fire alarm panels.
All University Housing policies can be viewed on the housing website. All housing policies are reviewed on a three-year cycle or if the need arises to review sooner. The following policies relate directly to fire safety:
- The following items are prohibited in University Housing facilities:
- Incense, burning candles, or any other open flame;
- Tampering with fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire doors, and other safety equipment;
- Motorized vehicles, including motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, and similar vehicles;
- Electrical appliances with an exposed heating element, resident-owned air conditioners, outside antennas and satellite dishes, and use of halogen light bulbs;
- Fireworks and pyrotechnic devices;
- Loft beds not provided by University Housing; and
- Smoking or tobacco products as defined by the University System of Georgia.
- Failure to evacuate a residence hall during a fire alarm or a fire drill will result in a discipline referral.
- The reckless obstruction of a fire exit in a residence hall/apartment or at a University Housing-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.
- Bicycles cannot be operated or stored in hallways, stairwells, or any public area inside the residence hall. Bicycles should not be attached to railings, benches, trees, or in other exterior locations that obstruct access to stairways, sidewalks, or entrances.
- Small appliances, electrical accessories, and cords must conform to the following:
- Small appliances, electrical accessories, and cords must be maintained in safe operating condition and marked with the UL-approved label;
- Only one extension cord is permitted to connect an appliance with an electrical outlet. Extension cords may not be connected in a series, and only properly grounded extension cords may be used with appliances that require grounding;
- 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 such as radios, desk lamps, stereos, computers, televisions, and electric blankets are permitted, provided the total power requirements do not overload the room’s electrical system.
- Cooking in residence hall rooms is limited to the following appliances, which may only be used for their intended purpose: sealed-unit coffee makers and popcorn poppers, hot pots, slow cookers, toasters or toaster ovens, compact microwave ovens (1.0 cubic feet maximum capacity and 700 watt maximum power), and electric grills (not to exceed 700 watts). Students may not leave items unattended while cooking.
- Decorations and modifications must conform to the following:
- Electrical accessories must carry an UL certification. 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;
- Excessive debris in hallways, breezeways, or carports is prohibited; and
- Decorations must neither create a safety nor fire hazard.
- Holiday decorations must conform to the following:
- No live or metal trees are permitted in the residence halls;
- Decorations in common areas should be approved by the community’s professional and graduate staff.
- Leaves, grass, straw, and other flammable, naturally occurring items may not be gathered and placed in common areas of residence halls or student rooms.
Evacuation and Reporting:
- All students must evacuate the hall immediately when a fire alarm sounds.
- Residents must move away from the building and assemble in the evacuation area noted for that particular building.
- Police, fire, and rescue personnel must not be impeded by residents.