Fire Safety Report

Fire Safety Report 2015

Residential FacilityTotal FiresFire NumberCause of FireInjuries Requiring a Medical FacilityDeathsProperty Damage
Davis Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gaines Dorm, Nelson St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gilliam Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Graham Lees Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek East Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek Central Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek West Apt., East Denny Cir. 1 1 Student caught a paper towel on fire cooking spaghettios N/A N/A N/A
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, 12 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chi Omega Sorority, 2 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, 4 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Delta Sorority, 8 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, 10 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Beta Phi Sorority, 6 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, 101 N. Jefferson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chi Psi Fraternity, 5 Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 300 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Sigma Fraternity, 220 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, 225 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, 5 Henry St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, 112 Preston St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, 301 E. Washington St. THIS HOUSE WAS EMPTY THIS YEAR N/A N/A N/A
Leadership and Engagement House, 11 N. Jefferson St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 106 N. Main St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, 201 E. Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
ARC House, 203 West Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sigma Chi Fraternity, 216 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sigma Nu Fraternity, 4 Henry St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sustainability House, 218 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Global Service House, 105 S. Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Outing Club Housing, 203 E. Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Spanish Club Housing, 4/5 S. Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chavis House, 10 Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Total Number of Fires: 1
Total Number of Persons With Fire-Related Injuries: 0
Total Number of Fire-Related Deaths: 0
Total Value of Property Damage Cause by Fire: $0

NOTE: Public Safety employees make a report on all responses to fire alarms and any other reports of fires. They then provide a copy of the reports to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety who then completes any investigations necessary and completes the fire report log.

Fire Safety Report 2014

Residential FacilityTotal FiresFire NumberCause of FireInjuries Requiring a Medical FacilityDeathsProperty Damage
Davis Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gaines Dorm, Nelson St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gilliam Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Graham Lees Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek East Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek Central Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek West Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, 12 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chi Omega Sorority, 2 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, 4 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Delta Sorority, 8 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, 10 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Beta Phi Sorority, 6 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, 101 N. Jefferson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chi Psi Fraternity, 5 Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 300 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Sigma Fraternity, 220 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, 225 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, 5 Henry St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, 112 Preston St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, 301 E. Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Leadership and Engagement House, 11 N. Jefferson St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 106 N. Main St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, 201 E. Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sustainability House, 203 West Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sigma Chi Fraternity, 216 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sigma Nu Fraternity, 4 Henry St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, 218 E. Nelson This House Was empty this year. N/A N/A N/A
Global Service House, 105 S. Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Outing Club Housing, 203 E. Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Spanish Club Housing, 4/5 S. Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chavis House, 10 Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Total Number of Fires: 0
Total Number of Persons With Fire-Related Injuries: 0
Total Number of Fire-Related Deaths: 0
Total Value of Property Damage Cause by Fire: $0

NOTE: Public Safety employees make a report on all responses to fire alarms and any other reports of fires. They then provide a copy of the reports to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety who then completes any investigations necessary and completes the fire report log.

Fire Safety Report 2013

Residential FacilityTotal FiresFire NumberCause of FireInjuries Requiring a Medical FacilityDeathsProperty Damage
Davis Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gaines Dorm, Nelson St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gilliam Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Graham Lees Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek East Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek Central Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek West Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, 12 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chi Omega Sorority, 2 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, 4 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Delta Sorority, 8 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, 10 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Beta Phi Sorority, 6 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, 101 N. Jefferson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chi Psi Fraternity, 5 Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 300 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, 225 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, 5 Henry St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, 112 Preston St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, 301 E. Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Leadership and Engagement House, 11 N. Jefferson St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 106 N. Main St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, 201 E. Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sustainability House, 203 West Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sigma Chi Fraternity, 216 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sigma Nu Fraternity, 4 Henry St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, 218 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Global Service House, 105 S. Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Outing Club Housing, 203 E. Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Spanish Club Housing, 4/5 S. Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chavis House, 10 Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Total Number of Fires: 0
Total Number of Persons With Fire-Related Injuries: 0
Total Number of Fire-Related Deaths: 0
Total Value of Property Damage Cause by Fire: $0

NOTE: Public Safety employees make a report on all responses to fire alarms and any other reports of fires. They then provide a copy of the reports to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety who then completes any investigations necessary and completes the fire report log.

Fire Safety Systems

FacilityFire Alarm Monitoring is done off-site by Emergency 24 and reported to the Fire Dept. and to our Public Safety OfficePartial1 Sprinkler SystemFull2 Sprinkler SystemSmoke DetectorFire ExtinguishersEvacuation Plans and PlacardsEvacuation Drills Per Year
Davis Dorm, Washington St. (used only for overflow) X X X X Plans 4
Gaines Dorm, Nelson St. X X X X X 4
Graham Lees Dorm, Washington St. X X X X X 4
Woods Creek East Apt., East Denny Cir. X X X X Plans 4
Woods Creek Central Apt., East Denny Cir. X X X X Plans 4
Woods Creek West Apt., East Denny Cir. X X X X Plans 4
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, 12 Frank Parsons Way X X X X Plans 4
Chi Omega Sorority, 2 Frank Parsons Way X X X X Plans 4
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, 4 Frank Parsons Way X X X X Plans 4
Kappa Delta Sorority, 8 Frank Parsons Way X X X X Plans 4
Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, 10 Frank Parsons Way X X X X Plans 4
Pi Beta Phi Sorority, 6 Frank Parsons Way X X X X Plans 4
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, 101 N. Jefferson X X X X Plans 4
Chi Psi Fraternity, 5 Lee Ave. X X X X Plans 4
Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 300 E. Nelson St. X X X X Plans 4
Kappa Sigma Fraternity, 220 E. Nelson St. X X X X Plans 4
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, 225 E. Nelson St. X X X X Plans 4
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, 5 Henry St. X X X X Plans 4
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, 112 Preston St. X X X X Plans 4
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, 301 E. Washington St. X X X X Plans 4
Culinary House, 11 N. Jefferson St. X X X X Plans 4
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 106 N. Main St. X X X X Plans 4
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, 201 E. Washington St. X X X X Plans 4
ARC House , 203 West Washington St. X X X X Plans 4
Sigma Chi Fraternity, 216 E. Nelson St. X X X X Plans 4
Sigma Nu Fraternity, 4 Henry St. X X X X Plans 4
Sustainability House, 218 E. Nelson St. X X X X Plans 4
Global Services House, 105 S. Lee Ave. X X X X Plans 4
Outing Club Housing, 203 E. Washington St. X X X X Plans 4
Spanish Club Housing, 4/5 S. Lee Ave. X X X X Plans 4
Chavis House, 10 Lee Ave. X X X X Plans 4
Vacant House, 205 W. Washington St. X X X X Plans 4
Civic Building A, 314 Augusta Square X X X X Plans 4
Civic Building B, 312 Augusta Square X X X X Plans 4
Apartment C, 302 Augusta Square X X X X Plans 4
Apartment D, 304 Augusta Square X X X X Plans 4
Apartment E, 209 Larry Stuart Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Apartment F, 207 Larry Stuart Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Apartment G, 205 Larry Stuart Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Apartment H, 201 Larry Stuart Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Apartment I, 101 Lewis John Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse J, 103 Lewis John Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse K, 105 Lewis John Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse L, 107 Lewis John Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse M, 109 Lewis John Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse N, 111 Lewis John Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse O, 306 Augusta Square X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse P, 308 Augusta Square X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse Q, 310 Augusta Square X X X X Plans 4

*1. Partial Sprinkler System is defined as having sprinklers in the common areas only. *2. Full Sprinkler System is defined as having sprinklers in both the common areas and individual Rooms

Policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing facilities:

Students are required to read and comply with the information in the "Student Handbook" the "RESIDENCE HALL FIRE SAFETY & PREVENTION" brochure and listed in the "Housing Contract".

  1. CANDLES, INCENSE & SMOKING
    Candles, incense and any open flames are prohibited. Cigarette smoking is not allowed in ANY residence hall building, room, restroom, common area, or community lounge. The use of halogen lights is prohibited.
  2. COOKING & ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
    The only cooking appliance allowed in the residence halls is the Microfridge, which can be rented from Melvin Corporation. Electrical appliances such as radios, stereos, televisions, computers, hair dryers, etc. may be used within the electrical usage guidelines stated on the right side of the brochure.
  3. FIREWORKS AND FLAMMABLES
    Firecrackers, fireworks and explosives of any kind are prohibited in residence halls. Flammable liquids and solvents (gasoline, kerosene, propane, etc.) may not be stored in Resident Halls/Housing Facilities.
  4. HOLIDAY LIGHTS & DECORATIONS
    Students must be present when holiday lights are on. Only non‐flammable or fire retardant decorations may be used. Curtains, clothing, paper, and other flammables must be kept away from all wires. Banners and sheets are not allowed to be placed over any lights.
  5. EXTENSION CORDS
    Only UL approved three‐prong grounded extension cords 14‐gauge or heavier that are not longer than 10 feet may be used. Only one appliance may be plugged into an extension cord. Do not string together extension cords. Remember: the lower the gauge the heavier the cord, so a 16‐gauge cord is not acceptable. Do not place cords under rugs. Avoid placing cords in areas where they will be continuously stepped on.
  6. MULTI‐PLUG ADAPTORS
    Only UL approved multi‐plug adaptors (power strips) with circuit breakers are allowed. Up to three items may be plugged into a multi‐plug adaptor. Maximum wattage for a multi‐plug adaptor is 1500 watts. Please do not confuse a surge protector with a circuit breaker!
  7. "MAXED OUT" DOUBLE OUTLET
    It is critical for your safety and the safety of the other residents that you use limited outlets safely and efficiently. Maximum wattage for double outlets is 1500 watts. Up to four appliances may be plugged into one double outlet (one directly plugged into outlet and one plugged via approved extension cord).

Each room will be examined for the presence of prohibited items or prohibited activity (e.g. smoking in the room; tampering with life safety equipment; possession of pets; etc.) during the Safety and Health inspections conducted each semester. In addition, during the semi-annual inspection of life safety equipment conducted during the Winter Break, the inspectors also look for violations.

Health and Fire Safety Violations

Fire and life safety systems are designed to protect people and property. These items are of critical importance and are maintained and monitored by the University. Tampering with or disabling such equipment puts lives at risk. Therefore; fines will be administered for violations of life and safety equipment and violations of fire and life safety regulations, depending on the nature and severity of the violation.

Procedures for Student Housing Evacuation in the Case of a Fire:

When the alarms sound, immediate evacuation is mandatory and reentry to a building is prohibited until Campus Public Safety has given proper clearance approval. Residents who have physical or other concerns are requested to notify Residential Life staff so that additional assistance during emergencies can be arranged if necessary.

In the event of a fire, the University expects that all campus community members will immediately evacuate by the nearest exit, closing doors and activating the fire alarm system (if one is present) as they leave. Once safely outside a building, it is appropriate to contact 911 and the Public Safety Office. Students and/or staff are informed where to assemble in order to do a head count and make sure everyone is out or the location of anyone that might be left in the building.

RA's are trained to do a quick check of their areas of the building to make sure everyone has exited except when there is smoke or fire that is putting them in jeopardy and then they are to exit immediately.

Employees and Students who have been properly trained by the University Director of Environmental Health and Safety to operate a fire extinguisher may attempt to extinguish an incipient stage fire if they have the proper extinguisher and feel safe in doing so. No other students or employees are to attempt to use a fire extinguisher but are to exit immediately. At no time should the closing of doors or the activation of the alarm delay the exit from the building.

Fire Safety Education and Training Programs Provided to Students and Employees

Fire safety education programs are taught to all RA's, Facility Management personnel, Athletic Department Grounds and Custodial personnel, Public Safety Officers, Scene Shop Students, and offered on a voluntary basis for the entire campus community. These programs are designed to: familiarize everyone with the fire safety system in each housing facility, train everyone on the procedures to be followed in case there is a fire and distribute information on the college's fire safety policies. During these programs, trainers emphasize that participating in fire drills is mandatory. They are also advised that in the event persons do not exit during a fire drill that they will have an additional drill at an inconvenient time.

Fire safety education and training programs are taught by the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, who is experienced in fire safety matters.

If a fire occurs, students are instructed to leave hazardous areas per the evacuation routes and get to a predetermined location before calling 911 for help. They are to remain in that location so that those in charge of the building or someone from the Public Safety Office has documented that all the students have left the building. RAs are instructed to pull the fire alarm as they are leaving the building if the fire alarm is not already activated and they can do so without risking their safety.

Fire drills:

The University conducts four (4) unannounced fire drills per year in each student housing facility. One of these fire drills is within the first 10 days of classes and one is conducted after sunset and before sunrise. It is then assessed if any problems were noted, such as residents not being able to hear the alarm, exit problems, exit lighting, etc. Any deficiencies are addressed. The fire drills are conducted by the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, the Fire Prevention Specialist, and Public Safety Officers.

It is mandatory that everyone exits during a fire drill (or an actual fire). If all occupants do not exit then another fire drill is scheduled at an inconvenient time.

List of the Titles of Each Person or Organization to Whom Students and Employees Should Report That a Fire Occurred

Per federal law, Washington and Lee University is required to annually disclose statistical data on all fires that occur in on-campus student housing facilities. Listed below are the non-emergency numbers to call to report fires that have already been extinguished in on-campus student housing. These are fires for which you are unsure whether the Public Safety Office may already be aware. If you find evidence of such a fire or if you hear about such a fire, please contact one of the following:

  • Public Safety Office/Dispatch (540) 458-8400
  • Director of Environmental Health and Safety (540) 458-8175 or (C) (540) 460-6209

When calling, please provide as much information as possible about the location, date, time and cause of the fire.

Plans for future improvements in fire safety, if determined necessary by the university:

The University plans to continue to upgrade older fire alarm systems on a regular basis. The University continues to include the monitoring of alarm systems by an outside agency anytime new systems come online. All Fire Alarm System monitoring for residential housing as well as most other buildings is performed by Emergency 24 Monitoring, which then contacts the Fire Department as well as Washington & Lee University's Public Safety Office.