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Using the Residence Halls Safely
and Using Your Room
minimize the risk of fire, please adhere to the following:
ignition sources (halogen lamps, hot glue guns, hair dryers, etc.) should be
kept away from any combustible material. Additionally, the room’s heating unit
or radiator must be kept clear of combustible material.
you use posters, wall hangings or other items to decorate your room, wall
coverings should not exceed about 30% of your wall’s surface area. All such
decorations must be affixed flat against the walls so that flames cannot reach
should be placed covering or impeding the efficacy of sprinkler heads, smoke
detectors, or light fixtures. Nothing should ever be hung from a sprinkler
no cloth, paper or other flammable material (including lamp shades) can be hung
from the ceiling. Small “window treatments” are permitted, but curtains may only be used if they are verifiably fire
oil lamps, incense, fireworks and explosives, melting paraffin or wax, blow
torches or any other sources of open flame are not allowed in residence halls.
rooms should be kept reasonably free of clutter. Do not allow flammable
supplies such as twigs, newspaper, cardboard, etc. to accumulate.
Student-supplied furniture must be in good condition. Upholstered pieces are
limited to one additional seat per resident.
or flammable solvents and other such materials should not be used in student
rooms (see Chemical Handling for additional information).
Additional Safety Guidelines
is permitted only in designated kitchen areas. When cooking, never leave food unattended. Avoid broiling and
beware of smoke and vapors caused while frying as either may trigger the living
unit’s smoke detectors. Cooking appliances are not allowed in student sleeping
rooms with the exception of one coffee maker or one small, enclosed water
heater per room (if the appliance is U.L.-listed). Microwaves are allowed in
kitchen areas or, in the Hill Houses or the Quad, only as part of the
combination refrigerator/microwave units available for rent through the school.
electrical appliances or extension cords used in a residence hall must be
Underwriter Laboratories (U.L.)-listed and in good working order. Neon lights,
halogen torchieres and sun lamps are not allowed under any circumstance. If
using halogen lamps with exposed bulbs, be careful to make certain that no
flammable materials are close to or can touch the bulbs.
may not add heating or cooling units to their living area, except in the Quad
and Hill Houses, where one compact refrigerator of 4 cubic feet or less is
allowed per room. Additional refrigerators are not allowed in the apartments or
appliance or combination of appliances that overloads circuits is not allowed.
Octopus (multi-outlet) plugs and overloaded extension cords should not be used.
No extension cords should ever be run under a rug or over a door or window. You
may not plug one extension cord into another extension cord. We require the use
of extension cords with built-in circuit breakers.
with or altering circuit breakers, smoke detectors or any part of the
electrical system in a residence hall is strictly forbidden, and will
automatically incur the minimum life safety fine of $250.
may be stored in the hallways, stairwells or entrances of any of the buildings.
At no time should posters, paper or other flammable materials be hung from the
ceilings of the hallways or workrooms. Projects or other student work left in a
hallway or stairway will be removed and discarded. If you wish to create an
installation in a public area, you must obtain prior permission by completing a
Crit Application Form available from Public Safety.
- Bicycles should be stored in designated areas or
your room, not public areas of the residence halls. Never lock your bike to
stair railings or anywhere that blocks a means of egress during emergencies.
All bicycles should be registered with the Department of Public Safety.
one should be on any roof or fire escape of any building, at any time, except
in an emergency.
should be dumped, poured, thrown or otherwise disposed of from the windows of
any residence hall. To comply with Providence ordinances, residents may not
display signs or other objects in windows of residences.
pistols or any similar device that sprays water should not be used in a
hallways and interior public areas of the residence halls, as well as the
courtyards in the Quad are not to be used for skateboarding, scooters, other
wheeled devices or playing sports.
contact the Residence Life Office before hosting an organized activity in the
upper or lower Quads, the Amphitheater, the Charles Landing pool area or
hall lounges and hallways may not be used as work areas. Designated workrooms
should be used for such purpose.
kitchens are provided, use is restricted to food preparation. Please clean up