Comply With Federal Fire Safety Provisions
Disclose fires in on-campus housing and your institution’s fire safety policies and procedures. Doing so is required under the Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act, which Congress designed to improve student safety. If your institution doesn’t comply, the Department of Education (ED) can fine it up to $58,328 per violation.
Fire Safety Provisions
The act defines a fire as “any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain burning or in an uncontrolled manner” regardless of the fire’s cause, size, or whether injury or damage results. Institutions with on-campus housing facilities must comply with its three major components.
- Maintain a publicly available log of reported fires in campus housing facilities. “Reported” means to any official at the institution. The fire log — which can be combined with the crime log required under the Clery Act — must include the date each fire was reported as well as the fire’s date, time, nature, and general location.
- Submit fire statistics annually to ED. For each on-campus housing facility, your institution must disclose for the most recent three years:
- Total number of fires
- Cause of each fire
- Number of people killed or who suffered injuries resulting in treatment
- Estimated value of property damage
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