Arson Statistics by Calendar Year
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Annual Fire Safety Report for On-campus Housing
If a fire occurs in a University building, community members should immediately activate a nearby fire pull station, call UPD (812) 941-2440 or 911. For the purposes of including in statistics a community member should call UPD. If a member of the university community finds evidence of a fire that has already been extinguished, and the person is not sure it has been reported, the community member should immediately notify UPD to investigate and document the incident For example, if a housekeeper finds evidence of a fire in a trashcan in the hallway of a lodge, he/she should not touch the trashcan and should immediately report the incident to UPD and wait for an officer's response. The officer will document the incident prior to removing the trashcan.
In 2008, 2009, and 2010 there were no reported fires in any of the Residence Lodges. This includes Grove, Orchard, Forest, Meadow, and Woodland Lodges.
All lodges are on a sprinkler system monitored by Simplex Monitoring Services and University Police. There is a smoke detector in each bedroom, kitchen, and living room area. Fire extinguishers are located on all floors in the main hallways of each building. Smoking is not permitted in the buildings as the campus is a tobacco-free environment.
Tampering with fire safety equipment is a federal offense and may result in criminal charges, fines, disciplinary action, and/ or termination of a resident's housing contract. Fire safety equipment includes fire extinguishers, fire alarm pull stations, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, fire panels, fire doors, etc. Covering smoke detectors or sprinkler heads is strictly prohibited. This includes hanging items from the ceiling.
Residents and/or guests are not permitted to remove any part of the smoke detector or to remove the smoke detector from its fixed position. Only authorized University staff or their authorized agents may remove/replace detectors or perform any necessary repairs to smoke detectors. Violations of this policy may result in referral to the disciplinary process. In addition, experiments involving the use of toxic chemicals or chemicals capable of exploding are prohibited.
Halogen lamps and lights, candles (lit and unlit), incense or incense burners, or any other appliance or item that operates or utilizes an open flame, are prohibited in all residential facilities. Other prohibited items include deep fryers, space heaters, electrical power strips without circuit breakers, paints, shellacs, varnishes, fireworks, firearms, live Christmas trees, and other items that are identified as posing health and safety risks to the campus community.
Each lodge is equipped with a functioning gas-log fireplace in the main lounge area. The fireplace may be used only during specified hours with the permission of Residence Life and Housing staff. Extreme care should be exercised when using the fireplace. Residents using the fireplace are responsible for keeping the glass doors or screens open while the fire is burning. Foreign objects or materials should not be placed into the fireplaces at any time.
Fire – Any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.
Fire drill – A supervised practice of mandatory evacuation of a building for a fire.
Fire-related injury – Any instance in which a person is injured as a result of a fire, including injury resulting from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of the fire. The term person may include students, faculty, staff, visitors, firefighters, or any other individuals.
Fire-related death – Any instance in which a person is killed as a result of a fire, including death resulting from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of a fire, or a death that occurs within one year of injuries sustained as a result of the fire.
Fire safety system – Any mechanism or system related to the detection of a fire, the warning resulting from a fire, or the control of a fire. That may include:
- Sprinkler systems or other fire extinguishing systems
- Fire detection devices
- Stand-alone smoke alarms
- Devices that alert one to the presence of a fire, such as horns, bells, or strobe lights
- Smoke-control and reduction mechanisms
- Fire doors and walls that reduce the spread of a fire
Value of Property Damage – The estimated value of the loss of the structure and contents, in terms of the cost of replacement in like kind and quantity. This estimate should include:
- Contents damaged by fire
- Related damages by smoke, water, and overhaul
This does not include indirect loss, such as business interruption.
All fire alarms should be considered as fire alerts, and the building must be immediately evacuated. Each apartment has Emergency Evacuation signage on the inside of the front door with instructions for evacuation procedures from the student's apartment.
In case of fire, activate the building fire alarm, exit the building, and call 911. Fire pull stations are located in the main hallway areas at each end of the hallway. All residents and guests are required to evacuate the building when an alarm is activated. When a fire alarm sounds, evacuate the building, but if time and safety permit:
- Close all windows in your room/apartment
- Leave room/apartment lights on
- Close room/apartment door, go to the nearest fire exit and leave the building
- Meet with your floor warden at the designated location
- Do not re-enter the building until given clearance by emergency personnel.
Be aware of roommates and others in the building to make sure that everyone is able to get out safely. Do not block parking or service roads and entrance areas as these are needed by emergency responders.
Be aware that smoke detectors may be activated by smoke and steam generated from cooking. Please use caution when cooking to minimize disruptions due to smoke detector activations.
University Police conducts monthly building fire safety inspections. In addition, Residence Life staff performs room inspections every semester. Any fire safety violations are corrected immediately.
Fire drills are conducted twice a year in all residential facilities by University Police and Residence Life staff.
Drills are evaluated for their effectiveness by University Police and Residence Life staff. Residence Life staff receive fire safety training and fire extinguisher training from University Police and Risk Management.Fire Safety Training for Students, Faculty, and Staff
Training on evacuation procedures is provided at student orientation and reinforced throughout the year by Residence Life. The Office of Risk Management also provides training in large group situations covering the operation of portable fire extinguishers, alarm systems, sprinkler systems, and emergency evacuations.
Plans for Future Improvements in Fire Safety The University continues to assess and upgrade the fire safety equipment as an ongoing process to ensure that all equipment meets National Fire Safety standards. Future improvements will be made as needed as part of the ongoing assessment process.
Where to report a fire
911, IU Southeast Police Department (812) 941-2400, Residence Life (812) 941-2115, Risk Management/Loss Control (812) 855-9758.