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Fire Safety

The goal of the Fire Safety Program is to provide a safe environment in university facilities through fire prevention and fire protection systems.
This is accomplished through fire prevention education, fire extinguisher and fire evacuation training, fire hazard analysis, fire and life safety inspections, fire protection system testing, and fire system acceptance/reacceptance tests.

Colgate University Fire Safety Plan

Annual Fire Safety Report and Written Notification

The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires colleges and universities to publish an annual Fire Safety Report (2017) that is available for public access.  

The Kerry Rose Sprinkler System Notification Act requires New York State colleges to provide written notification (2018 Residential Hall Fire and Sprinkler Systems Notification) on the fire safety systems, including sprinklers systems, to all students residing in college owned or college operated housing.

Fire Extinguishers

Portable fire extinguishers are located throughout the university and are available for use by trained personnel. EHS offers fire extinguisher training upon request. Further information about fire extinguishers on campus can be found on the Fire Extinguisher Information Sheet.

Hot Work Program

Colgate has established a Hot Work Program to minimize the potential for a fire incident due to hot work on campus and to comply with federal and state standards.
Students volunteer at the Hamilton Fire Station.

Tent Permit Request Form

All permits for tents to be used on Colgate University property must be obtained through Emergency Management. 


Mock fire during fire safety week

Fire Safety Week

During Fire Safety Week, EHS and Campus Safety hold a mock dorm fire in the upper quad. Students are also taught how to use fire extinguishers and how to navigate through a smoke-filled residence hall (using the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control fire safety trailer).