Campus Fire Safety

The Prevention Division of the Champaign Fire Department provides fire inspection and fire safety education services to the University of Illinois campus. All university-owned residence halls are inspected annually. Inspections of other university-owned buildings are provided upon request from the university in accordance with an Intergovernmental Agreement for Fire Protection Services. In addition, fire safety education is offered to staff, students (including RAs, Floor Fire Marshals and TAs in most Chemical Science and Engineering laboratories) upon request.

The Deputy Fire Marshal that serves as a liaison with the university is also available to assist with questions regarding fire and life safety codes on campus. Often problem situations can be avoided by checking to see what is permissible regarding placement of furniture, applications of interior finishes or decorations, for example.

Campus Web Sites of Interest

National Sites

Center for Campus Fire Safety – A clearinghouse for resources and statistics to aid fire safety professionals gathering the tools necessary to help increase better campus fire safety preparedness.  Get your FREE monthly Campus Fire Safety e-magazine here.

U.S. Fire Administration Fire Safety for College Students

Federal Emergency Management Agency – Information on offering CERT programs to campuses across the United States.

Campus Firewatch – Resources regarding national fire safety on college campuses including a training site at

International Code Group – Get information on the latest building and fire codes.

National Fire Protection Association – Campus & dorm fire safety tips plus reports & statistics

National Fire Sprinkler Association – Information on the benefits of providing an automatic sprinkler system in residential occupancies.

National Home Safety Council – Educational resources regarding automatic fire sprinkler systems.

Underwriter’s Laboratories – Provides technical information on fire and life safety equipment and products.

Product recalls – A service for alerting people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products. Six federal agencies have joined together to create this “one stop shop” for U.S. Government recalls.

FREE online fire extinguisher training

State and Local Sites

Office of the Illinois Fire Marshal

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Fire Factor – Through education and practical applications, the Fire Factor Academy is designed to teach fire prevention techniques, evacuation strategies and life-long safety habits to student leaders in housing at the University of Illinois. They are then challenged to return to their living environments and help spread the word about fire safety. Nearly 800 students have gone through Fire Factor and it has been modeled nationally as a “Best New Practice for Fire Safety Education”.

Subtract Stupidity Safety Campaign – It is hard to find affordable fire safety campaign materials geared to the college-aged resident. A senior-level class from the University of Illinois, School of Art & Design, met the challenge of creating a comprehensive fire safety campaign to get the attention of their peers. Their research showed that most infractions regarding the misuse of fire & life safety equipment comes about because students are acting in a “stupid” manner. The Subtract Stupidity – Add Smart to the Equation campaign addresses many of those issues in a direct way – a simple math equation showing that if Stupidity is added to the equation, the outcome can be fines, suspension or even death. All of the components of the campaign are available through the web site and can be downloaded for no cost.

Sprinkler Bowl Game –  The 3 E’s of fire safety are: Engineering, Enforcement and Education. In line with the national model, Champaign has mandated the installation of sprinkler systems in private dormitories (primarily Fraternities and Sororities) on campus, taking care of Engineering and Enforcement. It soon became apparently that there was a need for the final E – students needed to be educated on how to live in a sprinklered building. This interactive game helps separate facts from myths of how sprinkler systems work and what the benefits of them are.