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Residential Life Fire & Life Safety Guidelines/Checklist

This checklist is produced to assist residents to comply with mandated life safety codes by New York State and the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC). The College and University are required to support these expectations to protect our students and community and thus have developed policies and procedures to comply with State expectations.

This listing represents the most recent detailing of property and behaviors restricted under these codes, recognizing it is impossible to list every possible item and situation and that expectations will change with time and experience. We encourage all residential students to use this checklist to insure you are in compliance – and if you are not in compliance, to take steps to correct  problems,  including  placing  those  materials  in  University-provided storage space until you can “Take It Home” (see your RA for support in helping you do this).   For your convenience, a link to this checklist is also posted on the ResLife web page (


Non-Approved Appliances (Generically, devices with open elements or that can produce enough heat to start a fire if used improperly). Including but not limited to:


George Foreman grills or similar cooking appliances even in approved kitchen areas.


Toasters, portable or toaster ovens, smokeless indoor grills, etc., even in approved kitchen areas


Hotplates, electric skillets, crock pots, etc., even in approved kitchen areas


Combination microwaves with broiling elements


Submersion coil water heaters


BBQ grills or open flame devices (charcoal, gas or other fuel)


Any lamp with a fixed upward facing shade or moveable arms with shades that can be made to face upward


Non-UL safety approved electric powered appliances


All portable heating devices (space heaters of any type)


Non-Approved Items (Generically, items that can produce enough heat to start a fire if used improperly, or sources of fuel in case of fire). Including but not limited to:


Candles, incense, lanterns, lamps or any other item that produces an open flame - includes religious candles.


Tobacco, incense or any other item that burns or smolders when used


All flammable materials (gas, lighter fluid, charcoal, propane, solvents, etc.)


All items powered by combustible fuels (such as motorcycles)


All fireworks, explosives, etc.


All corrosive (or poisonous) chemicals and hazardous materials.


All lightweight extension cords or multi plug outlet adapters


Heavy weight power strips or extension cords without safety circuit breakers


Multiple approved power strips connected together (“chaining”)


All cords extended through walls, ceilings, affixed to walls, under floor coverings, across corridors, etc


Curtains/drapes or other cloth materials such as flags used to cover windows


Anything covering or attached to ceilings such as tapestries, nets, posters, flags, banners or other combustible materials


Wall decorations covering more than 20% of walls (tapestries, banners, flags, posters or other combustible materials)


Crepe paper, plastic or Mylar decorations, ribbons, streamers, etc.


Combustible materials as door decorations covering more than 20% of doors total


Runners, door mats, or other combustible floor coverings in hallways and suite corridors.

  Shoes in hallways.
  Any items (furniture, boxes, piles of clothes) that block or prevent egress from a room or suite (must maintain 36" path)
  Storage on top of wardrobes
  Live holiday trees

All standard and “rope type” decorative string lighting (Christmas, chili pepper, etc. lights) even if UL approved


Contact EH&S at (585) 275-3241 or e-mail EH&S Questions.

This page last updated 1/8/2014. Disclaimer.