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Fire Safety and Prevention

All Babson College buildings are equipped with fire pull-boxes, alarms, emergency strobe lights, and emergency lighting. When activated, these warnings should direct those occupants and other people affected to evacuate the building immediately via the evacuation route indicated on the evacuation diagram located on each floor of all Babson facilities. The College has provided the residence halls with automated fire prevention systems that are monitored 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Fire protection systems in residence halls consist of sprinkler systems, both wet and dry, tied to master boxes and fire alarm panels.

Fire drills are conducted once a year in residential buildings and every other year in administrative bulidings with coordination of the Wellesley Fire Department. Health and safety inspections are conducted twice during each academic year by the Office of Residential Education.

Fire Safety Equipment

Each room has an early detection smoke alarm, and the hallways are equipped with both smoke and heat detector units. Additionally, there are emergency pull stations in every hallway, chemical fire extinguishers in every kitchen area, and dry powder extinguishers in hallways. The College also permits students to have an all-purpose fire extinguisher in their room. A dry-powder extinguisher is the only type of extinguisher permitted.

What’s Not Allowed

The setting of a fire is strictly prohibited and taken very seriously.

Due to the serious risk of injury to persons and property and to minimize fire and safety hazards within the residence halls, the following items, including but not limited to, are prohibited:

        Prohibited Items 
        Incense, Incense Burners, Candles, other types of open flame devices
        Flammable Liquid
        Propane Tank
        Halogen Lamp
        String Lights
        Fog, Smoke or Foam Machines
        Hanging items from pipes or ceiling
        Extensions cords (must be grounded three prong surge protected plug strips with an off/on switch) Fireplaces
        Personally Owned Space Heaters
        Electric Blankets
        Hot plates
        Toaster ovens 
        Rice Cooker
        Coil Immersion heathers for Cooking
        Water boiler without an automatic shut off feature
        Fire Pits
        Air Conditioners
        Covered Smoke Detectors or Sprinkler Heads
        Microwaves larger than .8 cubic feet/700 watts (must be kept proper cleaned and maintained)
        Coffee Maker (Keurig/One Cup machines are permitted)
        Popcorn Popper
        Flag, Banner or Satellite Dish hanging out of window
        Plug in Air Fresheners
        Coffee mug electric warmers
        Electric flying pan or skillet
        Waffle iron
        Fondue pot
        Deep fat fryer
        Sandwich maker
        Hot pots
        Grills (gas, charcoal, electric) not supplied by the college
        Lava lamp
        George Foreman grill
        Paper lanterns with bulb
        Oil lamp
        Cut trees, branches or greens
        Heating pads with automatic shutoff
        Irons without automatic shutoff
        Slow cookers
  • Electric blankets
  • Hot plates
  • Toasters
  • Toaster ovens
  • Coil immersion heaters for cooking
  • Any other heat-producing appliances

Smoking in all college buildings is prohibited to help promote a safe, healthy, and comfortable living and learning environment for all community members.

Fire Safety Reminders

  • When using extension cords, students should use grounded surge-protected strips with an on/off switch.
  • When a fire alarm is sounded, whether established as actual or false, the building must be evacuated immediately. Any individual failing to vacate a building during a fire alarm is subject to disciplinary action and a College fine. A second offense may result in suspension from housing or the College.

Tampering with fire extinguishers, fire protection equipment, or fire exits is a criminal offense.

Students found responsible for doing so may be subject to criminal prosecution and College disciplinary action if malicious damage is done to fire equipment, including but not limited to pull boxes, hoses, smoke alarms, heat sensors, and fire extinguishers.

In the event that a pulled alarm box or activation of the fire alarm system is determined to be malicious, disciplinary action may be taken including revocation of campus housing privileges, suspension, or expulsion from Babson. Violators will be reported to the Wellesley or Needham fire department for possible criminal prosecution.