Fire Safety

Fire Safety is vital in maintaining a safe learning and working environment at Olin College.  All of the buildings and residential halls at Olin have been designed with up-to-date fire warning systems and fire suppression systems.  Each building is outfitted with fire alarms, sprinklers, fire extinguishers and well-marked exits. 

Fire Safety Tips

  • Identify fire alarms and fire extinguishers in the buildings you are working and living in. 
  • Identify where the nearest two exits are when entering a room or building.
  • Each building has floor plans and exit routes posted in a common area.  Identify and understand emergency exit routes for each building and floor.
  • Keep hallways free of clutter, storage and furniture.
  • Keep doors closed and not propped open.  Closed doors slow and prevent fire and smoke from spreading.
  • Smoking is not permitted inside of buildings.
  • Store flammable material in flame cabinets.

Candle Safety Program

Candles are a leading cause of fires in College residential settings. Rules and guidelines for burning candles in residence halls can be found at the link below. These rules were developed to reduce the potential for life threatening and damaging fires associated with the improper use of candles.

Permits will be granted on a case-by-case basis following a review of the permit application by the Campus Safety Office.  Only students who follow these rules and submit this completed application will be authorized to burn candles. The non-permitted burning of candles or other materials will be deemed a violation of the Olin College Honor Code.