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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Residential Fire Safety Policies

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Tampering with Fire Equipment

Fire safety equipment that has been tampered with may fail to operate correctly in an emergency. This could prove fatal. Tampering with fire safety equipment (including but not limited to fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinkler heads, and exit signs) when there is not a fire or any reason to believe that one exists will result in disciplinary action, civil penalties and possible eviction.

Fire Safety Regulations

All students are expected to observe the following fire safety regulations:

  • No candles, incense, or open flame may be burned in student rooms.
  • Ironing should only be done in the communal kitchens.
  • Appliances with an open coil or that can bring oil to a boil are not allowed in the residence halls.
  • Smoke detectors are to be connected and operational at all times.
  • Light fixtures, outlets and switches are not to be altered or have items hung from their surfaces (e.g. can top rings or foil which may conduct electricity).
  • Motorbikes or other motorized vehicles are not allowed in the residence halls.
  • Access to windows, smoke detectors or doorways is to be unobstructed.
  • Excessive use of flammable substances on walls is not permitted.
  • Only metal or flame-retardant wastebaskets are allowed in student rooms.
  • Residents are not to leave cooking food unattended.
  • Decorative lights are not permitted on lofts.