Skip to main content

Fire Safety

Fire Policy

For the protection of life and property, candles, and other open-flame devices, or highly flammable substances (particularly gases, liquids, and gels) are prohibited in all campus buildings. This includes use, decoration, or storage. With proper safeguards, there are exceptions for academic, maintenance, construction, and storage purposes. These exceptions must be approved by theh Safety Committee and Fire Safety Manager.


Fires are permitted outdoors only in specified areas.

Only manufactured Christmas trees are permitted in any campus building. Because of the fire hazard, natural, cut trees are prohibited, whether or not they are decorated with electric lights.


Most campus buildings are equipped with fire sprinklers. These important systems can make a definite difference in the outcome of a fire, but to do so they must work properly. You can help ensure that happens.

  • DON'T hang, tape, wrap, bump, or put anything near the sprinkler heads
  • DO keep all flammable items at least 18” below sprinkler heads
    • Anything above that level can keep the sprinkler from working properly or can be above the reach of the sprinkler

Any questions on fire policy or practice should be referred to the Fire Safety Manager at Campus Safety. 423.236.2100

Residence Hall Fire Policies

Fire Drill

The residence halls are required to hold periodic fire drills. When the residence hall alarm sounds, the law requires that the residence halls be evacuated as promptly as possible. You should follow the fire escape route posted on the back of your room door. Please remain outside at your floor’s designated fire assembly point until permission has been given to re-enter the building. If the alarm occurs after night check, please check in with your RA or fire assistant at the location listed on the back of your door. Failure to evacuate the residence hall during a fire alarm will result in a cash fine. 


Campus-wide Emergency

In the event of a tornado or other campus-wide emergency, you will hear the campus siren sound. Do not go outside. Instead, make your way to the designated tornado shelters (see bulletin boards for location information). To sign up for the campus wide emergency alert system, go to


Fire Exits

Fire exits are to be used only during fire drills or other emergency warnings. Use of these exits during any other time without permission will result in a cash fine.

Fire Hazards

There will be a fine for the use or cause of any of these hazards:

  • objects with open flames
  • fireworks
  • combustible chemicals
  • obstructions in hallways
  • hot pots, crockpots
  • lava lamps
  • hall doors propped open
  • gas or electrical cooking appliances (other than microwaves)



Fire Door Closers

Because of the fire code, all rooms are equipped with automatic door closers. The purpose of these is to keep your door closed during a fire, thus preventing the fire from spreading. Tampering with these door closers is a serious offense. Abuse of the equipment will result in fines and/or suspension.

Fire Extinguishers

The misuse of fire extinguishers, fire alarms, smoke detectors, or other protection equipment is expressly prohibited. Ceiling tiles must remain in place and there is not to be anything stored above them. Because the abuse of this policy can cause serious fire hazards in a residence-hall setting, stiff penalties, including cash fines and/or suspension, will be levied against anyone who violates it. In addition, the involved persons will be held responsible for any damages caused by the fire or smoke.


Alarm Policy

When the fire alarm activates (what this looks like and sounds like depends on which building you are in; click here for a list), immediately exit the building using the nearest available exit. It is not your responsibility to determine whether or not there is a fire. It is your responsibility to leave the building and go to your designated assembly area to facilitate accounting for the building occupants. It is not your responsibility to fight fire.

When the fire alarm sounds, get out. Exit the building via the nearest available exit. Go to your Assembly Area and stay there until authorities give the All Clear to re-enter or tell you to move to a shelter area. When the tornado warning sounds (long siren wail outside, some buildings have an alarm and announcement inside), go to a marked storm shelter. If there is not a marked storm shelter in your building, go as low as you can in the building in an inside (away from the outside walls) room. Stay there until the All Clear (short siren wail or announcement) sounds. When a campus lockdown order is issued (this will be announced over the alarm system in equipped buildings and by text and voice messages via the Emergency Notification System; click here to sign up), stay in the room you’re in. If you are in a hallway, get into a room. Lock or barricade the door. Be quiet. Stay away from windows. Don’t open the door for ANYONE. Authorities will have access to locked doors.


The following buildings are equipped with Emergency Voice Alarm Communication (EVAC) that will give verbal instructions in addition to the tone alarm:

  • Brock Hall
  • Campus Safety
  • Daniells Hall
  • Florida Hospital Hall
  • Hackman Hall
  • Hulsey Wellness Center
  • Iles PE Center
  • Landscape Services
  • Ledford Hall
  • Lynn Wood Hall
  • Mabel Wood Hall
  • McKee Library
  • Southern Village - all buildings
  • Talge Hall
  • Thatcher Hall
  • Thatcher South
  • Upper Stateside - all buildings
  • Virginia Apartments
  • Wright Hall (partial)



The following buildings are equipped with tone-only alarms:

  • Collegedale SDA Church
  • Herin Hall
  • Hickman Science Center
  • Summerour Hall


Fire Safety Practices

Underwriters Laboratories College Safety

Sprinkler Bowl

Here are some links for further education in fire safety:

Center for Campus Fire Safety

Site specifically for college students and fire safety

Campus Fire Safety

United States Fire Administration (part of FEMA)

Fire Safety

Fire Safety and Protection Tips

U.S. Fire Administration



Campus Safety works closely with local, regional, state, and national agencies to ensure Southern is prepared to respond appropriately to a wide range of emergencies. Here are some links to information and agencies that deal with a wide range of emergencies.


Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department - our local fire department

City of Collegedale

Hamilton County Emergency Services

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management Association of Tennessee


Center for Disease Control

Department of Homeland Security





Safety Tip


Contact Us:

Phone: 423.236.2100
Fax: 423.236.1100
Email: Campus Safety


8:00 am - 5:30 pm   Monday - Thursday

8:00 am - 1:00 pm Friday