Residence Fire Safety

Live Burn Demonstration

How long do you think it takes for a residence room to go up in flames? is a unique web site collaboration between Brock University, Niagara College and all fire departments in the Niagara region created to inform students about how to avoid, respond to – and escape from – fires that may occur.

Residence Safety 101

Residence units are equipped with smoke detectors in the bedrooms and heat/carbon monoxide detectors in the hallways and mechanical areas. Upon activation of these monitored devices, the fire alarms will activate and the Fire Department will automatically be notified. For more information on Residence fire safety please refer to the Residence Handbook.

  • Smoking (of any kind, including Vaporizers “Vaping”, E-cigarettes, etc.)
  • Tampering with, removing, covering, or hitting the detectors
  • Burning food
  • Walking away leaving appliances unattended while cooking
  • Using ovens, toasters, pans that have grease/food spills built up – causing smoke to occur when heated
  • Using personal hygiene devices or aerosol products near or at the devices (i.e. perfume, cologne, steam from hair dryers or hair straighteners)

Residents are to evacuate the area in alarm immediately (this may be the individual unit, a cluster of units or the entire court) and meet with other students from the affected area in the designated meeting place. Campus Safety/St. Catharines Fire Department will give the all clear across the speakers to notify you it is safe to re-enter.

  • Do NOT smoke anything inside any unit or bedroom (not allowed under RCS)
  • Do NOT touch, tamper, cover or hang items from a detector
  • Keep cooking appliances clean by regularly wiping and cleaning
  • Never leave the kitchen area when cooking
  • Do NOT spray any aerosol/liquid in the area of the detectors (perfumes, colognes, air fresheners)
  • Do NOT use personal hygiene appliances (blow dryers, hair straighteners that give off air or steam) in the area of the detectors; especially directly underneath
  • You will be sanctioned under the RCS – can be a level 1, 2, or 3 offence
  • You will receive a $75 tampering charge + all costs associated with the repair/reset
  • When the University receives a fine from the St. Catharines Fire Department ($250 – $2500) for the alarm, that fine will be forwarded to the individual(s) who caused the false alarm