Fire Safety

Fire Safety

The prevention of fire in a Harvard building or facility requires the vigilance and care of all building occupants, Building and Facilities Management, Trades personnel, and Contractors.  A critical component is to educate and heighten the awareness of students, staff, and facility managers about the importance of day-to-day fire safety and fire prevention measures.

Department Contact

Mark Collins
Associate Director of Occupational & Facilities Safety

Department Update

BBQ grilling is fun, but there are fire code restrictions: propane gas grills are not permitted inside or on first floor porches, decks or balconies that are enclosed by a roof/ceiling or other confining material of any building or structure used for habitation. Charcoal and propane grills are limited to ground level only. It's a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher within handy reach!

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. Despite the fact that candles are now banned at most colleges, candles remain a key ignition source for campus fires. 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 was a factor in a quarter of candle fire fatalities — extinguish all candles before going to sleep.