Fire and Life Safety


Students are prohibited by Massachusetts law and MIT regulations from committing fire and safety violations, including but not limited to:

  • setting a fire, making a bomb threat, issuing a false alarm, failing or refusing to evacuate during a fire alarm
  • tampering with firefighting equipment, fire-alarm systems, fire protection sprinklers, or smoke detectors
  • using flammable decorations, including natural evergreens, in any room, corridor, stairwell, lounge, dining hall, lobby, or other public area
  • using non-flammable decorations without the approval of your House Manager
  • using a fireplace in a manner that does not comply with MIT guidelines
  • placing objects in any exit or on fire escapes
  • entering or occupying the roof of any residence except in areas designed for, and approved by, MIT for assembly use
  • using or burning candles or incense
  • possessing or using microwaves, toaster ovens, or other cooking devices in student bedrooms
  • possessing halogen lamps

Students may be subject to severe disciplinary action if they violate any Massachusetts law or MIT fire safety regulations.

Fire Alarms

When a fire alarm is activated in a residence hall, residents are required by law to evacuate to their designated meeting points. If responding fire fighters see people that have not evacuated, it is within their power to charge those who have not evacuated with a crime. Institute policy is to evacuate immedidately, NOT to fight fires.

Emergency Plans

Each residence hall has a detailed emergency preparedness plan that includes information on fire alarms, evacuations, evacuation meeting points, shelter-in-place instructions, fire marshals, and other items. Copies of these plans can be obtained from the House Manager in each residence hall.

Basic evacuation information is also posted on the back of every bedroom door and each elevator or stairwell where no elevator exists. Area Directors and Graduate Resident Tutors (GRTs) who reside in the halls are trained annually in MIT fire safety practices.