Housing Fire Safety Policies

Emory Housing Facilities maintain policies and rules pertaining to fire safety. Fire safety is the responsibility of all residence hall staff and students. All fire safety regulations are strictly enforced.

Emory Housing

Emory University Campus

Smoking Policy

Emory University recognizes the serious health implications of both direct use of tobacco products and indirect exposure to the use of tobacco products. In order to create an atmosphere that is consistent with Emory’s mission and commitment to improve the health and wellness of members of the Emory community, Emory University and Emory Healthcare (collectively “Emory”) prohibit the use or sale of tobacco products in or on Emory owned or Emory leased property effective January 1, 2012. (see policy 4.113 Tobacco Free Environment https://policies.emory.edu/4.113).

Open Flame Policy

Lighting devices such as tiki lamps, oil lamps, torches, etc., are absolutely prohibited in Emory facilities.

The use of candles and the burning of incense in Emory facilities are prohibited except in conjunction with recognized religious activities. Even unused (decorative) candles/incense are prohibited in Emory facilities. The use of candles or the burning of incense may be approved in compliance with specified conditions.

Portable Electrical Appliance Policy

In order to ensure maximum health and safety standards in all residential facilities, several categories of electrical appliances have been established. Items not permitted or hazardous appliances will be confiscated if found within any residential facility.

  • Permitted items and appliances, included but not limited to: (all items must be Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Electronic Testing Laboratories (ETL) approved):
    • air purifiers
    • blenders
    • coffee makers
    • clocks
    • electric razors
    • fans
    • hair dryers
    • hot air popcorn poppers
    • hot pot/electric tea pots
    • irons
    • micro-fridge or mini-fridge
    • musical instruments
    • power strips - UL or ETL approved
    • televisions
  • Not Permitted items and appliances, included but not limited to: (may not be used or stored in traditional or suite-style residence halls.)
    • convection ovens
    • crockpots
    • electric blankets
    • electric skillets
    • extension cords
    • George Foreman Grills (or similar devices)
    • halogen lamps
    • hamburger makers
    • hot plates
    • freestanding microwaves
    • plug-in air fresheners
    • space heaters
    • toasters
    • toaster ovens
    • waffle or crepe pans

Additional information is available at: https://housing.emory.edu/policies/rules/index.html#faq12

Oxford College Campus:

Smoking Policy

Emory University recognizes the serious health implications of both direct use of tobacco products and indirect exposure to the use of tobacco products. In order to create an atmosphere that is consistent with Emory’s mission and commitment to improve the health and wellness of members of the Emory community, Emory University and Emory Healthcare (collectively “Emory”) prohibit the use or sale of tobacco products in or on Emory owned or Emory leased property effective January 1, 2012. (see policy 4.113 Tobacco Free Environment http://policies.emory.edu/4.113)

Open Flame Policy

Candles, incense, other combustible materials or any open flame device may not be used in the residence halls, including for decorative purposes.

Portable Electrical Appliance Policy

Electrical appliances are permitted in residence hall rooms if they meet the specifications outlined below. All appliances should be Energy Star rated and UL-approved. Appliances with automatic shutoff features are strongly encouraged and recommended.

  • One refrigerator per single or double room. It must not exceed 4 cubic feet. Triples are allowed two refrigerators if 3 occupants.
  • Fluorescent lamps should be used for supplemental lighting due to a decreased risk of fire and increased energy efficiency.
  • Coffee makers, blenders, popcorn poppers and small hot pots with automatic shutoff are permitted.
  • Televisions, stereos, video game systems, iPods/MP3 players and desktop/laptop computers are allowed.
    • Printers are allowed but the wireless feature must be turned off.
  • Clocks, personal fans, electric blankets, irons, electric razors and hair dryers are permitted.
  • Electrical outlets in each room are limited. No more than two items may be plugged into a double electrical outlet.
  • Surge-protected power strips must be UL-approved with circuit breakers.
  • All electrical devices, including refrigerators, fish tanks, and computers must be unplugged when the residence halls are closed for a college break, including Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break.

Additional information is available at:

https://oxford.emory.edu/_includes/documents/sections/housing_dining/guide-to-housing-fall-2020.pdf

All Emory University and Oxford College campus student housing facilities are fire sprinkler protected.