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Residential Fire Safety Systems

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John Schlaf

Director of Campus Safety

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The Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008) has required that institutions that maintain on-campus housing facilities publish an annual fire safety report that contains information regarding campus fire safety practices and standards of the institution. The following information, which has been published in conjunction with the Annual Safety and Security (Clery) Survey Report, has been developed to address the requirements of the Act, and provided detailed information regarding the current and future state of Knox College residential facilities. This report has been created for review as follows:

Residential Units

Knox College currently has 43 individual residential units on the campus. Listed below are the names of those units (some of which have been consolidated as noted) with a description of the fire alarm system.

Post Hall: Post Hall is a two building, multi-story, dormitory style building with a capacity of approximately 180 persons. A Notifier brand fire alarm system was installed in the Hall in 2010. Each room has hard wired detectors that will send the system into alarm and will notify the monitoring company upon activation. The alarm company will then dispatch the fire department. In 2009 Knox College Facilities Service oversaw the installation of a water based sprinkler system that will provide coverage for the entire building common areas and individual rooms.

Williston Hall: Williston Hall is a multi-story, dormitory style building with a capacity of approximately 90 persons. A Simplex brand fire alarm system was installed in the Hall in 1997. Each room has hard wired detectors that will send the system into alarm and will notify the monitoring company upon activation. The alarm company will then dispatch the fire department. In the 1960s, the original water based sprinkler system was installed which provided coverage for the entire building common areas and individual rooms. In 2010 Knox College Facilities Service oversaw the upgrade of the original system to ensure compliance with current NFPA standards.

Hamblin Hall: Hamblin Hall is a two-story, dormitory style building with a capacity of approximately 100 persons. A Notifier brand fire alarm system was installed in the Hall in 2006. Each room has hard wired detectors that will send the system into alarm and will notify the monitoring company upon activation. The alarm company will then dispatch the fire department. In 2006, Knox College Facilities Service oversaw the installation of a water based sprinkler system that will provide coverage for the entire building common areas and individual rooms.

Conger-Neal Halls: Conger-Neal Halls are two-story, dormitory style buildings with a capacity of approximately 70 persons. A Simplex brand fire alarm system was installed in the Halls in 1997. Each room has hard wired detectors that will send the system into alarm and will notify the monitoring company upon activation. The alarm company will then dispatch the fire department. In 2009, Knox College Facilities Service oversaw the installation of a water based sprinkler system that will provide coverage for the entire building common areas and individual rooms.

Five Name Dormitories: Elder-Campbell-Furrow-Sherwin and Neifert Halls make up what is frequently referred to as the "Five Name Dorm." The units are two-story, dormitory style, buildings with a total capacity of approximately 160 persons. A Simplex brand fire alarm system was installed in the Halls in 2009. Each room has hard wired detectors that will send the system into alarm and will notify the monitoring company upon activation. The alarm company will then dispatch the fire department. In 2009, Knox College Facilities Service oversaw the installation of a water based sprinkler system that will provide coverage for the entire building common areas and individual rooms.

Four Name Dormitories: Simonds-Drew-Longden and Griffith Halls make up what is frequently referred to as the "Four Name Dorm." The units are two-story, dormitory style, buildings with a total capacity of approximately 90 persons. A Simplex brand fire alarm system was installed in the Halls in 2009. Each room has hard wired detectors that will send the system into alarm and will notify the monitoring company upon activation. The alarm company will then dispatch the fire department. In 2009, Knox College Facilities Service oversaw the installation of a water based sprinkler system that will provide coverage for the entire building common areas and individual rooms.

Raub-Sellew Halls: Raub-Sellew Halls are two-story, dormitory style buildings with a capacity of approximately 70 persons. A Simplex brand fire alarm system was installed in the Halls in 2009. Each room has hard wired detectors that will send the system into alarm and will notify the monitoring company upon activation. The alarm company will then dispatch the fire department. In 2009, Knox College Facilities Service oversaw the installation of a water based sprinkler system that will provide coverage for the entire building common areas and individual rooms.

Tompkins Apartments: The Tompkins Street apartments are two-story, individual, apartment style units with a capacity of approximately 45 persons. A Simplex brand fire alarm system was installed in the Halls in 1996. Each room has a hard wired detector that will send the system into alarm and will notify the monitoring company upon activation. The alarm company will then dispatch the fire department. In 2010, Knox College Facilities Service oversaw the installation of a water based sprinkler system that will provide coverage for the entire building common areas and individual rooms.

Seymour Hall: Seymour Hall is a three story, dormitory style, hall with dining services, offices, meeting rooms on the first level with residential rooms on the second and third levels. The building has a residential capacity of approximately 80 persons. A Notifier brand fire alarm system was installed in the Hall in 2010. Each room has hard wired detectors that will send the system into alarm and will notify the monitoring company upon activation. The alarm company will then dispatch the fire department. In 2009, Knox College Facilities Service oversaw the installation of a water based sprinkler system that will provide coverage for the entire building common areas and individual rooms.

Town House: The Town Houses consist of four independent (A, B, C and D) two-story, apartment style, units with a total capacity of approximately 50 persons. A Simplex brand fire alarm system was installed in the Halls in 1997. Each room has hard wired detectors that will send the system into alarm and will notify the monitoring company upon activation. The alarm company will then dispatch the fire department. In 2010, Knox College Facilities Service oversaw the installation of a water based sprinkler system that will provide coverage for the entire building common areas and individual rooms.

Fraternity House: The Sigma Chi Fraternity House is a two story, residential style house (which is owned and maintained by Knox College) with a kitchen and living areas on the first level with residential rooms on the second level. The house has a residential capacity of 12 students. A Notifier brand fire alarm system was installed in the House in 2006. Each room has hard wired detectors that will send the system into alarm and will notify the monitoring company upon activation. The alarm company will then dispatch the fire department. In 2006, Knox College Facilities Service oversaw the installation of a water based sprinkler system that will provide coverage for the entire building common areas and individual rooms.

Fraternity Houses: The FIGI, TKE, BETA (which are each served by a Simplex brand alarm system) houses and the Sigma Nu house (which is served by a Notifier brand fire alarm system) are two and three story, residential style houses (which are maintained by Knox College) with kitchens and living areas on the first level with residential rooms on the second and third levels. The houses have a residential capacity of approximately 30, 25, 30 and 15 persons respectively. The rooms within the houses have hard wired detectors that will send the system into alarm and will notify the monitoring company upon activation. The alarm company will then dispatch the fire department. In the period between 2007 and 2010, Knox College Facilities Service oversaw the installation of a water based sprinkler system that will provide coverage for the entire building common areas and individual rooms in all but Sigma Nu and BETA Houses. It is anticipated that Sigma Nu house will be completed during the summer of 2011 and BETA house will be completed during the summer of 2012.

Theme and Residential Houses: The College maintains 14 residential style houses. The units are two stories with kitchens and living areas on the first level with residential rooms on the second levels. A combination of Simplex and Notifier brand fire alarm system serve each of the houses. The common areas as well as each of the rooms in the houses have a hard wired detector that, upon activation, will send the system into alarm and will notify the monitoring company who will then dispatch the fire department. Through 2011 the Knox College Facilities Services oversaw the installation of a water based sprinkler system that will provide coverage for the common areas and individual rooms within the houses. The houses have a total residential capacity of approximately 105 persons.