Event Fire Safety

Event Fire Safety

Event organizers must undertake careful planning and preparation to ensure the smooth execution and safety of an event. Most events at Harvard University require advance notification and permitting by local building and fire officials. Fire and building code regulations range from crowd management to the type of decorations on display.

Department Contact

Mark Collins
Associate Director of Facilities & Life Safety

Did You Know?

Candle fires are the fourth leading cause of campus fires behind cooking, arson, and smoking. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that 20 percent of university housing fires in bedrooms are started by candles.

Candles remain a key ignition source for campus fires despite the fact that candles are now banned at most colleges. More than half of all candle fires occur when a combustible material is too close to the candle, with the most common materials being bedding and curtains. Falling asleep is a factor in a quarter of candle fire fatalities — extinguish all candles before going to sleep.