Fire Equipment & Systems

Fire Equipment & Systems

Various types of automatic fire detecting, extinguishing, and suppression systems exist. These systems must be operated properly and regularly maintained and tested to guarantee worker safety and system effectiveness.

The Fire Equipment & Systems program provides information on the various classes of portable fire extinguishers and the use, inspection, and maintenance of these devices.

External References

Department Contact

Mark Collins
Associate Director of Facilities & Life Safety
617.496.7168

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.