Fire Safety Report

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is committed to providing fire safe structures and current safety information. Fire Safety information can be found in BGSU policies promoting fire safety. Policies and procedures on fire safety are found in the “Community Living Standards” in the Student Handbook and in the Fire Safety section of the Environmental Health and Safety website. Fire protection and services for the Firelands campus are provided by the Huron Fire Department. More information can be found on their website.

The following information will be reported annually as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008. This report includes residential fire safety statistics on the number and cause of fires, the number of injuries resulting in treatment, the number of deaths, and the estimated value of damage to BGSU and personal property. NOTE: A fire is defined by the HEOA as: “any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner that occurred in an on campus student housing facility”.

City Of Bowling Green Fire Division (BG Fire)

BGSU and municipal emergency officials work closely in delivering quality fire prevention and emergency response services to our campus. The Bowling Green Fire Division conducts several training exercises on the main BGSU campus to give firefighters and their emergency medical services staff (Paramedics & EMTs) valuable experience, and a thorough knowledge of the campus which helps to assure a fast and effective response to campus buildings in emergency situations.
Learn more about the services offered by the City Of Bowling Green Fire Division.

BGSU Fire Safety Information

Hall Staff Fire Safety Training

Residence Hall Staff including Resident Advisors, Graduate Hall Directors, and Hall Directors go through annual fire safety training. Training is provided in conjunction with the BGSU Office of Risk Management and the City of Bowling Green Fire Department. Student staff are trained on conducting recurring fire safety inspections, identification of fire hazards, identification of campus fire safety violations, use of fire extinguishers, and evacuation procedures.

Student Fire Safety Training

Fire Safety is discussed in opening floor meetings on the first day of occupancy. Hall Staff discuss a variety of fire safety topics included but not limited to evacuation procedures, rally point locations, university policy, and fire safety inspections.

Residential Fire Drills/Alarms and Emergency Evacuation Procedures

Treat all audible and visual alarms as being a real emergency! Evacuate promptly via the closest exit and safely to a safe distance from where the alarm is activating and assure a safe path is cleared for emergency responders. Students should move to the designated rally point for their hall and check-in with a staff member. Rally points will be discussed during your opening floor meetings. If you activated the alarm, meet with the first arriving emergency responder (usually a BGSU police officer) and report all information about the alarm. Timed fire drills are conducted at least twice each semester in residential facilities by Residence Life staff in cooperation with the Environmental Health and Safety (BGSU-EHS), the BGSU Police Department (BGSU Police), and the City Of Bowling Green Fire Division (BG Fire) in accordance with the Ohio Fire Code.

  • During drills, buildings are checked by Residence Life staff & BGSU Police to assure that occupants are following proper evacuation procedures.
  • Firefighters assume control of buildings when the fire alarm is activated. The alarm is never to be silenced or re-set without BG Fire Division authorization.
  • Students are not to re-enter the building without BG Fire Division, BGSU Police and/or
  • BGSU staff announcing an “all clear”.
  • If a fire or smoke is detected, locate the nearest pull box and activate it.
  • Before opening any door, check for heat using the back of your hand; if it’s hot do not open that door; seek another escape route.
  • As residents exit the building, they are to proceed to the designated evacuation area. All persons are to move away from the entrances and not block the street or parking lots. Residents should check-in at the halls designated rally point which is identified in the first floor meeting.
  • Do not use elevators – use stairwells only.
  • When fire or smoke is located, call 911 and provide exact location and description.
  • Never re-enter a building where the fire alarm system is activated for any reason.
  • Confirm that the building is being calmly and safely evacuated according to the building evacuation plan. Directional arrows or maps on floors indicate evacuation routes.
  • All are asked to assist students with disabilities if you are able to do so without endangering yourself. If you have reason to believe that students or guests with disabilities remain in the building, inform the BGSU police officers and/or firefighters.
  • BGSU police officers will assist the firefighters if occupants refuse to evacuate.

BGSU Residence Life Staff-Members will:

  • Take student emergency cards, building house book and floor plans out of the building with them.
  • Close any open doors as they exit past them while exiting.
  • Call 9-1-1 to assure that the emergency has been reported.
  • Staff members of the building or the staff member on duty will report to the front desk and/or fire-panel of the building to determine where the alarm is activated.
  • Be assigned to exits.
  • Set up and staff the designated rally point for the hall.
  • Wear the appropriate fire emergency identification badge so responding firefighters know who you are and what your role is.
  • All must follow the directions of the firefighters as they are in charge at the scene – staff members should identify themselves to responding firefighters when needed.
  • Residence hall staff complete incident reports on all residents who fail to evacuate and on all fire safety violations found.
  • Debrief the drill with BGSU EHS, BG Fire Division, BGSU Police, and BGSU staff members on-site.
  • Call BGSU Police within five minutes of completion of the drill confirming drill has concluded.
  • Residence Life staff member will complete the electronic fire report located on the Office of Residence Life internal website within 24 hours of the incident. Fire reports (actual fires, fire alarms with no fire, and fire drills) are completed on a single form. The electronic report is automatically emailed to the BGSU Police Department, Residence Life and Environmental Health and Safety staff.

Firefighters have control of the facility of the fire until it is released to BGSU Campus Operations for cleanup and mitigation. BGSU Campus Operations will take control of the site of the fire until it is released to the Director of Residence Life, or designee. Until staff members are told by the Director of Residence Life that the residents can return to the building, alternative housing arrangements must be arranged for displaced residents according to the provisions of the BGSU’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.



Fire Safety Policies and Procedures

The BGSU Police Department maintains a fire log that records any fire that has occurred in an on-campus student housing facility. This log contains the date the fire was reported, the nature of the fire, the date and time of the fire and the general location of the fire. Entries are made to the log within two business days of receiving information regarding a fire in an on-campus student housing facility. The fire log for the most recent 60 days is open to public inspection upon request during normal business hours. Portions of the log that are older than 60 days are open to public inspection upon request within two business days of the request.

Requests for the fire log can be made to the BGSU Police Department at (419) 372-2346.

Fire drills are scheduled periodically during normal working hours in University residences in compliance with state regulations. Every time the fire alarm sounds it must be treated as a real fire and you must evacuate immediately. All persons must vacate the residence any time the fire alarm is sounded or an emergency situation arises that requires the evacuation of the building. All individuals in the building must follow the directions of the staff and other emergency personnel and may not re-enter the building until the supervisor of the residence gives permission. University, state or city officials may enter rooms to verify evacuation of residents.

Fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and fire alarm systems are there for the protection of residents and should be treated with the well-being of all residents in mind. All fire safety equipment (e.g., pull stations, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors) should be used for emergency purposes only. Smoke detectors in student rooms are not to be disconnected or covered under any circumstances. Tampering with fire safety equipment is a crime and will result in University conduct action, and possible criminal action.

The University reserves the right to eliminate all potential fire hazards in any residence if deemed necessary or appropriate by a University official or by other authorities that have jurisdiction.

For University residences with fireplaces, policies and regulations regarding their maintenance and use are posted near each fireplace. In the spirit of community, all students who reside in buildings with fireplaces are responsible for knowing and implementing all policies and procedures regarding their use.

Safety concerns restrict access by students to roofs, ledges and sundecks of University residences. Access to roofs, ledges and sundecks is prohibited outside of their use as fire evacuation routes. In addition, radio and television antennae, satellite dishes or similar devices are not permitted on the roofs, ledges or any building exterior without University approval.

You may make your room feel more like home by putting posters and pictures on the wall. White adhesive putty is the recommended way to do this. Avoid the use of two-sided tape, colored putty, or nails as these items create residue that must be removed or holes that must be filled. No more than 20 percent of the surface area may be covered.

Bowling Green City Fire Department regulations prohibit haunted houses and similar amusement or educational events in which building occupants or the general public are conducted through a fixed or restricted course. This also applies to creating or building these types of structures on residence hall floors or in common areas.

Homemade or rented lofts of any kind are not permitted in any residence hall or small-group living unit, as the furniture provided is already “loftable.”

  1. Placing beds in the bunked/lofted position is entirely optional on the part of the resident. Should a resident wish to bunk/loft a bed, assistance may be requested from the staff at the front desk of the residence hall or the house staff of a small-group living unit.
  2. Should beds be lofted, bed frames must be securely supported on both sides by University bed ends.
  3. A guardrail is provided with every University bed which should be utilized when the bed is in the bunked/lofted position. Should residents utilize their bunked/lofted bed without using the guardrail, they do so at their own risk.
  4. All University furniture must remain in the room in which it is originally located. The Office of Residence Life does not provide storage facilities for furniture.
  5. All furnishings must be returned to the original position in the room before the student checks out of the room. You may be asked to deloft your bed at the end of the academic year regardless of the position of the furnishings at move-in.
  1. Upholstered furniture used in the University residences must meet strict fire retardant codes (fabrics must meet the class I requirements of U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Standard 191-53, California Flammability Bulletin 117, class A-ASTM-E84) or Upholstered Furniture Section Council [UFAC] [Gold tag]). Only furniture that meets this fire retardant code will be permitted in University residences.
  2. Other prohibited furniture includes:
    1. Vinyl furniture.
    2. Inflatable furniture.
    3. Bean bag chairs or bean bag-like chairs.
    4. Any upholstered furniture that is not classified as fire retardant or does not meet the above fire retardant standards.
  3. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that any furniture brought into the building meets these standards. Possession of or bringing of furniture into University residences, which is in violation of these requirements subjects the student to disciplinary action as well as the cost of the removal and disposal of the furniture.

Candles of any kind, incense-burning candles or sticks, candle or wax warmers, lanterns or similar “open flame” receptacles are not permitted in student rooms/suites/apartments at any time, for any reason, with no exceptions.

Approved combination microwave/refrigerator units for food preparation are permitted in all University residences. Individual microwave units of no more than 900 watts are permitted in student rooms. Refrigerators no larger than 5.0 cubic feet, 36 inches in height and 1.5 amps are also allowed. For fire safety considerations, however, hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, “George Foreman Grills”, waffle irons/makers, and similar devices are not permitted in student rooms/suites.

Bowling Green State University recognizes the need to create and maintain an environment that sustains and enhances the general health of its faculty, staff, students and visitors. Therefore, by resolution of the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees, effective January 1, 2014, and by Ohio state law, smoking is prohibited in all facilities owned or leased by Bowling Green State University and on the grounds of any property owned or leased by the University except in designated areas.     Smoking is defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or other lighted smoking device for burning tobacco or any other plant, per section 3794.01 of the ORC. This includes all buildings owned or controlled by Bowling Green State University, shelters, indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, indoor and outdoor theatres, walkways, sidewalks, residence halls, and parking lots (unless otherwise designated). Smoking is prohibited on sidewalks that adjoin University property. Smoking is also prohibited in any vehicle or equipment owned, leased or operated by Bowling Green State University. Application of this policy to university owned detached single-family residences shall be determined by University Facilities at the time any such lease is executed. Cigarette butts and ashes must be disposed of in the appropriate receptacles located in designated smoking areas. The use of e-cigarettes, or personal vaporizers, in Residence Halls is strictly prohibited.

Decorations

In an effort to maintain an environment that is safe and free of potential fire and other life safety hazards, residents are asked by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety to adhere to the following decoration guidelines within the residence, whether within their own rooms/suites/apartments or within the common areas of the building:

  1. All decorations shall be fire resistant, or noncombustible (Ohio Fire Code, FM-306.15). Decorations must have the label of Underwriters Laboratory (UL) or similar standard.
  2. No decorations may be hung from the ceiling, placed in offices, rooms or lounges in a manner that will interfere with safe passage or evacuation. No decorations shall be placed in hallways, aisles, stairwells or exit routes. Room doors may have a minimal amount of decorations and must comply with paragraph a) above.
  3. Exit signs, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire alarm pulls, emergency lights, PED boxes and audible fire signals/ strobe lights cannot be decorated, covered or obstructed in any way.
  4. Straw, hay, leaves, corn shocks and dry vegetation are not permitted in any building.
  5. Excessive dirt or sand is not permitted in any building.
  6. Further information on University policies regarding the use of decorations in University residences is available from the hall or unit director.

Candles of any kind (whether lit or unlit) or any other open flame devices are not permitted in any residential building (residence hall or small group living units), including but not limited to student rooms and all common area space, at any time, for any purpose whatsoever.

Lighting

  1. Crepe paper or other materials are not to be wrapped around lights.
  2. Building light bulbs are not to be painted or moved. Commercially manufactured colored bulbs may be used if positioned by custodial or maintenance employees.
  3. Only use lighting sets that show Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA) label.
  4. Decorative lights used inside buildings must be “miniature” types.
  5. Lighting sets can wear out or become damaged and should be checked closely before installation for bare wires, worn insulation, broken plugs, loose sockets, etc.
  6. Extension cords are not permitted in student residences. Power strips with surge protectors must be used in place of extension cords.
  7. Be sure circuits are not overloaded with too many lights. If circuit breakers shut off or fuses are blown, there may be a short or an overloaded circuit.
  8. Lighted decorations must not be left on and unattended.
  9. There should be no pinch in electrical cords. For instance, electrical cords should not be run through door openings.
  10. Decorative lights must not be tightly coiled, wrapped around or pinched, such as under or around a bedpost.
  1. Live or cut trees or greens (branches, boughs, etc.) are not permitted in University-owned buildings.
  2. Artificial trees must be of a certified slow-burning or fire-resistant material. Trees not meeting this standard will not be permitted.
  3. Artificial trees may be located in student rooms as long as the tree does not exceed two feet in height.
  4. Metallic trees shall be lit only by indirect lighting. Lighting sets are not to be hung on metallic trees (possible shock hazard).

Electrical Appliances and Electronic Equipment

Limitations in the availability of power to each room/suite/apartment as well as concern for fire hazards place restrictions on the types of equipment allowed in student rooms/suites/apartments. For this reason, cooking is only permitted in student rooms/suites/apartments in approved combination microwave/refrigerators, or in microwave ovens using 900 watts or less. Residents will be held responsible for ensuring that their electrical appliances and electronic equipment conform to the following guidelines:

  1. Combination microwave/refrigerator units.
  2. Compact portable refrigerators (size may not exceed 5.0 cubic feet, 36 inches in height and 1.5 amps).
  3. Microwave ovens that do not exceed 900 watts.
  4. Powerstrips with surge protectors. Please do not plug one power strip into another.
  5. Televisions, stereos, CD players, computers and peripherals and other sensitive electronic equipment.
  6. All electrical appliances must be UL or CSA approved and used with a surge protector.
  1. Appliances with exposed heating elements. Among other things this includes the “George Foreman Grill” and all similar devices
  2. Hot plates, toasters and toaster ovens
  3. Air conditioners
  4. Quartz halogen lights
  5. Portable heaters
  6. Extension cords
  7. Multi-plug adapters
  8. Electric blankets

Annual Fire Safety Statistics

Facility

Monitored Smoke and Fire Detection and Warning Systems

Auto Fire Sprinkler Systems

Annual Number of Fire Drills

Fire Extinguisher Devices

Evacuation Plans and Placards

Centennial Hall
1101 E Wooster

X

X

4

X

X

Conklin North
1301 E Wooster

X

 

4

X

X

Falcon Heights
707 E Merry

X

X

4

X

X

Founders Hall
707 E Wooster

X

X

4

X

X

Kohl Hall
921 E Wooster

X

 

4

X

X

Kreischer Ashley
1416 Ridge

X

 

4

X

X

Kreischer Batchelder
1416 Ridge

X

 

4

X

X

Kreischer Compton
1416 Ridge

X

 

4

X

X

Kreischer Darrow
1416 Ridge

X

 

4

X

X

McDonald
711 Ridge

X

 

4

X

X

Offenhauer East
704 E Merry

X

X

4

X

X

Offenhauer West
704 E Merry

X

X

4

X

X

Greek House G1
1125 E Wooster

X

X

4

X

X

Greek House G2
1127 E Wooster

X

X

4

X

X

Greek House G3
1159 E Wooster

X

X

4

X

X

Greek House G4
1223 E Wooster

X

X

4

X

X

Greek House G5
1225 E Wooster

X

X

4

X

X

Greek House G6
1237 E Wooster

X

X

4

X

X

Greek House G7
1239 E Wooster

X

X

4

X

X

Greek House G8
1241 E Wooster

X

X

4

X

X

Greek House G9
1255 E Wooster

X

X

4

X

X

Greek House G10
1367 E Wooster

X

X

4

X

X

Facility

Year

Total Fires in Building

Fire Number

Cause of Fire

Number of Fire Related Injuries**

Number of Fire Related Deaths

Value of Fire-Related Property Damage

** Number of Persons who Received Fire-Related Injuries that Resulted in Treatment at a Medical Facility
Centennial Hall
1101 E Wooster

2017

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Conklin North
1301 E Wooster

2017

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Falcon Heights
707 E Merry

2017

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Founders Hall
707 E Wooster

2017

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Kohl Hall
921 E Wooster

2017

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Kreischer Ashley
1416 Ridge

2017

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Kreischer Batchelder
1416 Ridge

2017

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2018

1

1

Intentional /Burn marks on bathroom dispensers

0

0

$0-$99

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Kreischer Compton
1416 Ridge

2017

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

1

1

Intentional / Burn marks on bathroom fixture

0

0

$0-$99

Kreischer Darrow
1416 Ridge

2017

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

McDonald
711 Ridge

2017

1

1

Intentional / Burn marks on lights

0

0

$0-$99

2018

1

1

Unintentional / Microwave fire

0

0

$0-$99

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Offenhauer East
704 E Merry

2017

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

1

1

Unintentional / Oven mitt caught on fire

0

0

$0-$99

Offenhauer West
704 E Merry

2017

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Greek House G1
1125 E Wooster

2017

NA

NA

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Greek House G2
1127 E Wooster

2017

NA

NA

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Greek House G3
1159 E Wooster

2017

NA

NA

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Greek House G4
1223 E Wooster

2017

NA

NA

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Greek House G5
1225 E Wooster

2017

NA

NA

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Greek House G6
1237 E Wooster

2017

NA

NA

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Greek House G7
1239 E Wooster

2017

NA

NA

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Greek House G8
1241 E Wooster

2017

NA

NA

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Greek House G9
1255 E Wooster

2017

NA

NA

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Greek House G10
1367 E Wooster

2017

NA

NA

NA

0

0

$0

2018

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

2019

0

0

NA

0

0

$0

Units Removed from Residential Service 2018
Harshman Anderson, Bromfield, Chapman, Dunbar
2017: 0 Fires; 0 Fire-Related Injuries or Deaths; $0 Fire-Related Property Damage; 2018: NA; 2019: NA