Annual Fire Safety Report


2012 Report

As stated in the Crime Report, Wheaton College has fire safety and prevention policies in accordance with federal law that apply to all on-campus student housing facilities.

Fire Safety equipment such as fire alarms, extinguishers, crashbars, and smoke detectors are located in all College buildings for safety and should be used only in emergency situations. No items may be moved to or stored within 18 inches of the ceiling so as not to interfere with the functioning of the sprinkler system. Tampering with fire equipment, disconnecting smoke alarms, or intentionally activating a fire alarm constitutes a class 4 state felony and may lead to incarceration. The College will also take disciplinary action. Finally, legal action and a fine up to $1000 may be pursued by the Wheaton Police. Malfunctioning smoke alarms should be reported at once to Public Safety (630-752- 5911) 24 hours-a-day. Students who do not cooperate in evacuating a building when a fire alarm is sounded will be subject to disciplinary action and a $50 minimum fine. Intentionally seeking to burn items near College property will result in a fine of $50 and possible disciplinary action.

Students should also assist in the promotion of basic fire safety principles. Fire exits should not be blocked and fire doors should not be propped open, and belongings should not be placed in hallways or stairwells. Students are encouraged to use power strips with circuit breakers in their rooms. All extension cords must have a ground wire (three prongs). Some appliances, including halogen lamps, are prohibited in campus housing. Smoking and open flames are also strictly prohibited in campus housing. Playing sports indoors is prohibited. Sports equipment striking fire safety equipment will result in a $50 fine. Fire hazards should be reported to Public Safety.

Each and every on-campus student housing facility is equipped with fire alarms, strobe lights, smoke detectors, heat detectors, particle detectors, a sprinkler system, and fire extinguishers. In residence halls, a fire extinguisher is available on every floor. In addition, residences have pull stations which allow students to activate the fire alarm system in case of an emergency that does not trigger the automatic detection system. All fire alarms are directly connected to the Wheaton Fire Department, and they respond to every activation with a minimum of two fire engines, one truck, and one ambulance.

  • Flammable Materials - Combustible materials, including flammable liquids, are not permitted in student rooms, storage areas, or other College buildings. Additionally, the smoking of any substance on College property is prohibited. Burning candles or incense is prohibited due to insurance restrictions and also to ensure fire prevention. Plug-in type deodorizers, paper streamers, excessive paper items, and organic decorative materials such as live Christmas trees, straw, and corn shucks which are flammable are not permitted in College buildings. Materials which have been fireproofed are available and should be used. Due to the high temperature of their bulbs, halogen lamps are prohibited in College housing.
  • Fire Drills - Public Safety in connection with the Wheaton Fire Department conducts fire drills in all campus housing facilities each semester. This includes all residence halls, student apartment complexes, and on-campus houses. In the past school year, each housing facility underwent two planned and supervised fire drill evacuations, for a total of 70 drills.
  • Evacuations - In the event of a fire, the College expects that all campus community members will evacuate by the nearest exit, closing doors and activating the fire alarm system (if it has not already been automatically activated) as they leave. Once safely outside a building, it is appropriate to contact 911 and Public Safety. Students and/or staff are informed where to relocate to by Public Safety if circumstance warrants at the time of the alarm. In the event fire alarms sound, College policy is that all occupants must evacuate from the building.
  • Prevention - At the beginning of each school year, all incoming freshmen are required to attend a meeting with a Residence Life staff member to discuss several topics, one of which is fire safety and prevention. Students are instructed about what items are permissible and impermissible in their rooms, and they are reminded not to block fire exits, store items in hallways, or falsely activate the fire alarm system.
    In preparation for the College’s fall semester fire drills, Public Safety’s Prevention Coordinator meets with Residence Life staff living in residence halls to train them in the College’s fire safety and fire prevention policies. In addition, the College’s Risk Management department hires an outside consultant every fall to demonstrate to staff members how and when to operate a fire extinguisher. Attendance is voluntary.
  • Reporting a Fire - Per federal law, Wheaton College is required to annually disclose statistical data on all fires that occur in on-campus student housing facilities. Listed below is the non-emergency number to call to report fires that have already been extinguished in on-campus student housing. These are fires for which you are unsure whether the Public Safety office may already be aware. Public Safety must be notified that a fire occurred, even if it was quickly contained and did not activate the emergency alarm system. If you find evidence of such a fire or if you hear about such a fire, please contact Public Safety at (630) 752-5911 (ext. 5911 on campus phones). When calling, please provide as much information as possible about the location, date, time, and cause of the fire.
  • Plans for Future Improvements - Wheaton College’s current policies on fire safety and prevention are in full compliance with federal and state law, as are all components of the College’s fire detection and response equipment. At this time, the College has no plans for future improvements in fire safety.

2012 Fire Statistics

Residential Facilities   Total fires in each building  Fire number  Cause of fire   Number of injuries that required treatment at a medical facility  Number of deaths related to the fire  Value of property damage caused by fire 
Chase House 611 College Ave  0 N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
College Avenue Apts. 603 College Ave   N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
College Avenue Apts. 802 College Ave  0 N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
College Avenue Apts. 814 College Ave   N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
College Avenue Apts. 818 College Ave   N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
College Avenue Apts. 904 College Ave  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
College Avenue Apts. 916 College Ave   N/A N/A  N/A  N/A 
Country House 631 Howard St  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Crescent Apartments
700-708 Crescent St 
N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Evans-McManis Hall 525 E Franklin St  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Fellowship House 612 Howard St  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Fine Arts House 515 Kenilworth Ave  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A
Fischer Hall 600 E Harrison St   0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Graham House 217 N Washington St  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Hearth House 725 Irving Ave  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Hunter House 705 Irving Ave  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
International House 626 Howard St   N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Irving House 707 Irving Ave  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Kay House 618 Howard St  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Kilby House 620 N Washington St   N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
LeBar House 703 Howard St  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Mathetai House 610 Howard St   N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Michigan Apartments
701-709 Michigan St  
N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Phoenix House 715 Irving Ave  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Saint and Elliot Apts. 418 N President St  0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Saint and Elliot Apts. 424 N President St  0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Saint and Elliot Apts. 430 N President St   N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Smith Hall 607 N Howard St   N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Terrace Apartments
1047 College Ave  
N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Terrace Apartments
1051 College Ave  
0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Terrace Apartments
1055 College Ave 
0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Terrace Apartments
1057 College Ave 
 0  0  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A
Teresa House 614 N Washington St  0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Traber Hall 611 N Howard St   0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
White House 811 College Ave   0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Williston Hall 536 E Franklin St  1 1 Cooking 0 0 $0-$99
Total Actual Fires  1          


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