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Fire and Life Safety Violations. Division of Housing and Food Service. Updated 7/23/05. Fire Safety Policy. Tampering with fire and safety equipment is a violation of state law and university regulations

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fire and life safety violations

Fire and Life Safety Violations

Division of Housing and Food Service

Updated 7/23/05

fire safety policy
Fire Safety Policy
  • Tampering with fire and safety equipment is a violation of state law and university regulations
  • Tampering is defined as any action that may damage or interfere with the normal functioning of the fire and life safety system
items hanging from sprinkler head
Items Hanging From Sprinkler Head
  • Hanging items from sprinkler head could cause a malfunction in the sprinkler system. This could discharge up to 30 to 40 gallons of water per minute
  • Note: As of August 2005, there are no sprinklers in Whitis Court and Simkins
items on top of soffit
Items on Top of Soffit
  • Items stored on top of the soffit could damage sprinkler piping inside. This could also cause a malfunction in the sprinkler system
propping door open
Propping Door Open

According to the State Fire Marshal, all doors must close automatically in order to prevent the spread of a fire.

other fire life safety violations include
Other Fire/Life Safety Violations Include:
  • Tampering with smoke detectors
  • Tampering with fire extinguishers
  • Tampering with safety related signage (e.g. evacuation diagrams and exit signs)
  • Tampering with door closers
  • Tampering with fire alarm system (includes sirens, pull stations, lights, etc.)
household appliances
Household Appliances
  • By order of the University Fire Marshal, the use of any appliance with open heating coils is prohibited
  • Students found in violation of policy will be directed to immediately remove the prohibited items and be subject to disciplinary action, including fines



other violations include
Toaster Oven

Fry Daddy

Crock Pots

George Foreman Grills

Hot Plates

Electric Woks

Electric Skillets

Hamburger Cookers

Bread Cookers

Microwaves (other than one provided)

Refrigerators (other than one provided)

Any appliance with open heating coils

Coffee/Drink heaters

Other Violations Include
approved appliances
Approved Appliances

Coffee Pot

Hot Pot

other approved appliances include
Other Approved Appliances Include:
  • Coffee Grinders
  • Blenders
  • Air Popcorn Poppers
  • Food Dehydrators
  • Juicers
  • Electric Can Openers
electrical extensions
Electrical Extensions
  • The Fire Marshal has indicated that use of extension cords or multiple plug converters (multiplug) is prohibited
  • Only Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) approved power strips with a circuit breaker are allowed

6-Way Multiplug


more violations
More violations

Daisy Chain

Holiday Lights

still more violations
Still more violations

Indoor Extension Cord

Outdoor Extension Cord

approved electrical extensions
Approved Electrical Extensions

Power Strip With Built-In Circuit Breaker

approved electrical extensions18
Approved Electrical Extensions

6-Way Multiplug With Built-In Circuit Breaker

Tip: If a multiplug has a green or red light on it, it has a built-in circuit breaker

banned objects
Banned Objects

This category contains all other objects that don’t fall under the other three categories

candles and incense
Candles and Incense

Candle With Burned Wick

Candle With Unburned Wick

other banned objects
Other Banned Objects

Space Heater

  • Explosives
  • Fireworks
  • Weapons
  • Chinese Lamps
  • Halogen Lamps
  • University Furniture
  • Too much trash
  • Toxic Chemicals
  • Neon Lights
questions about an item
Questions about an item?
  • Consult the following resources:
    • Residence Hall Handbook
    • Contact Your HC
    • UT Fire Marshal’s Office 471-7989
      • Roosevelt Easley
      • Garland Waldrop (Fire Marshal)