|Annual Security Report is available from the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety|
The Higher Education Opportunity Act enacted on August 14, 2008, requires institutions that maintain on-campus student housing facilities to publish an annual fire safety report that contains information about campus fire safety practices and standards of the institution.
|04/06/2015||South Campus Commons 1||Unintentional – Food on the stove||0||0||$1000.00|
|04/17/2015||Harford Hall||Unintentional – Electronics malfunction in dryer||0||0||$225.90|
|08/05/2015||South Campus Commons 6||Unintentional – Hot water heater electrical||0||0||$500.00|
|09/15/2015||Denton Hall||Unintentional – Food in the oven||0||0||$250.00|
Each on-campus undergraduate housing facility has one fire evacuation drill conducted and evaluated by the University Fire Marshal's Office each semester. Buildings with year-long occupancy have an additional drill in the summer. A total of 212 drills for the 2015 calendar year were conducted.
On campus housing facilities have prohibitions against the following activities:
When the building fire alarm is activated, residents are expected to:
Residents who see fire or smoke are expected to pull the nearest building fire alarm and evacuate the building as described above. Residents with information about a fire or who are trapped will call UMDPS. All fires, even those found extinguished, are to be reported.
Additional information is available on the following websites:
Emergency Preparedness in Residence Halls - http://www.resnet.umd.edu/emergencypreparedness/
Residential Facilities - Safety and Environment - http://www.drf.umd.edu/safety/fire.cfm
Facilities Management Guidelines for Fraternity Row Houses - http://greek.umd.edu/resources/forms-documents/facilities-operations/
South Campus Commons Safety Information - http://southcampuscommons.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2016/07/SCC-Resident-Handbook-2016-2017_Final.pdf Fire Safety information can be found on the Safety Information page
UMD Courtyards Resident Handbook - http://umdcourtyards.com/current-residents/safety-information/ Fire Safety information can be found in the Resident Handbook under "Fire Safety"
The Fire Marshal's Office within the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk provides training to housing staff including Resident Assistants, Community Assistants, and Greek House Directors. The training includes information on fire protection features of facilities, fire prevention, emergency procedures, and conducting fire safety education sessions for residents.
Undergraduate residents are required to attend the first floor meeting where their Resident Assistant or Community Assistant reviews information on fire evacuation procedures and the housing prohibitions listed above. Greek House Managers receive training on fire prevention and emergency procedures. Greek House Directors and House Managers hold mandatory chapter meetings with Greek House residents to review fire safety information.
Residents in graduate apartments receive the pamphlet "Fire Safety and You" when they first move in and every year afterwards. The pamphlet has information on fire prevention, building features, and emergency procedures.
The Fire Marshal's Office is also involved in public education programs like New Resident Orientation, First Look Fair, Off-Campus Housing Fairs, floor meetings, and Greek House Chapter Meetings.
For faculty and staff, the Fire Marshal's Office provides training in a number of ongoing programs including New Employee Orientation, Teaching Assistant Training, Compliance Officer training, Crowd Manager training, Police Academy, Library Floor Marshal Training, and programs specifically requested.
UMD continually evaluates the fire protection systems in residential facilities. A systematic process of annually planning and budgeting for fire protection system upgrades has been in place for more than 30 years. Such upgrades occur through replacements or building renovations. Current plans include: