Smoking is prohibited in all Berklee buildings. All cooking appliances except microwave ovens are prohibited from dormitory rooms. This includes hot plates, hot pots, toaster ovens, popcorn poppers, and any other appliance. Open flames, incense, and space heaters are not allowed. In an emergency situation only, the Physical Plant Department will provide an approved space heater for temporary heating purposes.
Cooking is allowed only in apartments and residence hall kitchens. When cooking, remember the following:
- Keep ovens clean at all times.
- Turn on exhaust fans.
- Do not leave the oven or other appliances unattended while they are in operation.
- Use only UL-listed appliances.
- If a pan of grease or a deep-fat fryer catches on fire, immediately turn off the heat, cover the burning pan with a lid if possible, and, if available, throw baking soda into the flame. Do not try to extinguish the fire with water, flour, sugar, or other materials. Never try to carry a cooking utensil with burning liquid.
- Do not open the door to clear cooking smoke. Instead, open a window. Otherwise you will set off the hallway smoke detectors and create a building-wide alarm.
Additional Fire Prevention Guidelines
- Plug all types of multiple-plug adapters directly into wall outlets. Do not use more than two extension cords in a single multiple-plug adapter. Check cords for wear, and have faulty appliances repaired or removed from the residence.
- Flammable and combustible liquids are prohibited in all residence halls. This includes charcoal briquettes, lighter fluids, gasoline, benzene, propane, alcohol, cleaning fluids, and oil-based paints.
- Combustible waste should be disposed of as soon as possible. Trash and garbage should be emptied in the proper refuse containers, not left in corridors or hallways since this may delay building egress.
- Room furnishings should not obstruct or hamper any access to an exit. All doors must be able to swing freely in their full range of motion.
- Motorcycles, mopeds, gasoline engines, or engine parts are prohibited.
- Do not drape any type of combustible material over lamps or other electrical fixtures.
- Do not prop open fire doors. Closed fire doors are designed to prevent smoke and fire from spreading.
- Do not use flammable decorations at any time, including during the holiday season. Live trees or combustible ornaments are not permitted.
- Do not hang any items from the ceiling as they may interfere with the designed spray pattern of the sprinkler system or the path of heat and smoke to a fire detection device.
Escaping from a Fire
As soon as the fire alarm sounds or you see fire, exit immediately. Touch your door to test its temperature. If it is hot, put towels or clothing around the doorframe to prevent smoke from entering. Open your window, and wave something white to attract attention.
If the door is cool, evacuate your room as soon as possible. Go to the nearest exit. Do not wait for someone to tell you to leave. It is your responsibility to evacuate the building in a quick and orderly fashion. If there is smoke in the hall, stay low and proceed to the nearest exit. There are two exits on every floor. Do not panic if one of the exits is blocked, just proceed to the next one.
- Stay calm. Do not run or shout.
- Do not use an elevator. Elevators must be kept clear for use by emergency personnel.