Geneva College

Student Life

Fire Safety Report


Fire Safety Training

All members of the Residence Life Staff are trained in fire safety. Yearly, staff are taught and given practice in the use of ABC type dry chemical fire extinguishers. This training is conducted by members of the Beaver Falls Fire Department. During this training the Residence Hall Staff are also trained on all fire safety policies, practice fire safety procedures, and view training materials provided by the United States Fire Administration. Members of Physical Plant and Housekeeping also have been trained in the use of fire extinguishers.

Fire Safety Policies

All residential areas are inspected on a regular basis for the purpose of health and safety of every resident. Regular room inspections by the residence life staff are conducted to ensure the adherence to campus fire safety polices. Additionally, all residential areas are inspected yearly by the Beaver Falls Fire Department. Violations for all inspections are reported and followed up by residence hall staff.

Community Standard number 8 in the Student Handbook expects that all students are to be Safety-Minded which is defined as, "Members of the student body are expected to aid in the establishment of a safe and secure campus environment. As a result, students are expected to refrain from behavior that may pose a risk to others and/or self." Examples of behavior which constitute a violation of this Community Standard include, but are not limited to:

  • Tampering with fire safety equipment (including removing batteries from or disabling smoke detectors), setting off a false alarm, and/or failing to evacuate a facility during a fire drill
  • Possession, sale, or use of fireworks or any other explosive or combustible material on College property or in the surrounding community
  • Possession of a lit or previously burned candle

Room Inspections (information is also included in the Student Handbook)

Rooms and apartments will be inspected weekly at designated times by the RAs or RDs to determine whether proper standards of sanitation and safety are being observed. Guidelines are as follows:

  • Heating appliances constitute a serious fire hazard. Therefore, electrical appliances such as irons, curling irons, hair dryers and popcorn poppers are to be in proper working condition and should be used with caution. Use of such devices must be limited to one per outlet by order of the Fire Department.
  • Due to extreme fire hazards, no deep fat frying is permitted in any residential facility. This includes stove- top frying and the use of commercially available deep fryers. Extreme caution should be exercised when cooking with any type of oil.
  • Because of health code concerns, all cooking appliances (except those prohibited by the Student Handbook) are to be used only in residence hall floor and apartment kitchens.
  • All extension cords or multi-plug adapters are prohibited within College housing. Students should only use grounded power strips to plug in multiple items.
  • The use of electric heaters, halogen lamps, and 5 bulb multi-lamp lights are prohibited due to the potential electrical circuit overload and related fire hazards. Should a loss of heat situation arise, the
  • Residence Life staff may provide space heaters for use on a temporary basis only. All air conditioners are also prohibited.
  • As a matter of general safety, any open flames, candles with burnt wicks, incense, etc. are prohibited.
  • Due to fire hazards, live Christmas trees, curtains, and the hanging or posting of any material on ceilings are prohibited in all student housing.
  • No more than three strings of decorative or Christmas lights may be used in any student room. It is recommended that students not sleep with any such lights on. Christmas lights are also not to be attached to any bed frame.

Geneva College is not responsible for insuring or protecting personal property. It is recommended that students pursue this matter with an insurance broker or seek coverage through the insurance program of a parent or guardian. The Student Development Office can also provide names of companies that specialize in insuring the personal property of undergraduate and graduate college students against fire damage or theft in, on, or at off campus housing locations.

Fire Safety System for each on-campus Student Housing Facility

McKee Hall, Memorial Hall, Pearce Hall

These traditional residence halls are equipped with monitored fire detection devices in all public spaces and hallways. This monitored system will automatically notify the Beaver Falls Fire Department in the event of an alarm. Pull stations are located throughout the buildings. Battery operated smoke detectors are located in every student bedroom and tested weekly. Multipurpose ABC dry chemical fire extinguishers are located throughout the buildings and are monitored nightly by the hall staff and certified on a regular basis by Physical Plant. These buildings are equipped with wet standpipes on each level.

Clarke Hall

This traditional residence hall is equipped with monitored fire detection devices in all public spaces and hallways. This monitored system will automatically notify the Beaver Falls Fire Department in the event of an alarm. Pull stations are located throughout the building. Battery operated smoke detectors are located in every student bedroom and tested weekly. Multipurpose ABC dry chemical fire extinguishers are located throughout the building and are monitored nightly by the hall staff and certified on a regular basis by Physical Plant. This building is equipped with a monitored wet pipe sprinkler system throughout all public and private building spaces.

Geneva Arms and Young Hall

These apartment buildings are equipped with monitored fire detection devices in all public spaces and hallways. This monitored system will automatically notify the Beaver Falls Fire Department in the event of an alarm. Pull stations are located throughout the building. Battery operated smoke detectors are located in every student apartment and tested weekly. Multipurpose ABC dry chemical fire extinguishers are located throughout the building and are monitored nightly by the hall staff and certified on a regular basis by Physical Plant.

Schoolhouse Apartments

This apartment building is equipped with batter operated smoke detectors throughout the public and private areas of the building which are tested weekly. Multipurpose ABC dry chemical fire extinguishers are located throughout the building and are monitored nightly by the hall staff and certified on a regular basis by Physical Plant.

Kerr Hall

This building is equipped with monitored fire detection devices in all public spaces and hallways. This monitored system will automatically notify the Beaver Falls Fire Department in the event of an alarm. Battery operated smoke detectors are located in every student room and tested weekly. Multipurpose ABC dry chemical fire extinguishers are located throughout the building and are monitored nightly by the hall staff and certified on a regular basis by Physical Plant.

Barbato House, Swanson House, Richardson House, and Patterson House

These houses are equipped with batter operated smoke detectors throughout the public and private areas which are tested weekly. Multipurpose ABC dry chemical fire extinguishers are located throughout the building and are monitored nightly by the hall staff and certified on a regular basis by Physical Plant.

Fire Drills and Evacuation Procedures

Each residential facility conducts monthly fire drills. Pennsylvania Law requires the evacuation of a building when an alarm sounds. Evacuation is mandatory and students are instructed to gather at a central gathering point away from the building and out of the way of responding fire personnel. During extended times of evacuation or inclement weather students may gather in the Student Center. If needed, further instructions will be distributed via the College′s emergency text alert system, GCAlert. Fire drill records include time to evacuate and are kept on file in the Residence Life Office.

Hall 2011 Fire Drills 2012 Fire Drills 2013 Fire Drills
Mckee 2 2 2
Memorial 2 2 2
Pearce 2 2 2
Clarke 2 2 2
Geneva Arms 2 2 2
Young Hall 2 2 2
Kerr 2 2 2
Schoolhouse 2 2 2
Barbato 2 2 2
Swanson 2 2 2
Richardson 2 2 2
Patterson 2 2 2



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