Fire Safety

Fire Alarm Stobe & Horn

The GW Fire Safety Plan is based on the premise that most fires are preventable and all members of the university community have the responsibility to prevent fires.

All faculty, staff and students should be aware of potential fire hazards related to a campus environment.

Emergency Action Plan

The university community should be knowledgeable of the emergency procedures contained in the GW emergency action plan that should be followed in the event of a fire. GW takes student fire safety seriously and has established fire safety programs for students living in campus residence halls.

Fire evacuation plans have been developed for each residence hall and copies of these plans can be found on the inside of the door of each room.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are installed throughout GW campuses where required by DC Fire Code.

Fire Prevention Plan

We've developed a comprehensive fire prevention plan aimed at reducing the risk of fire-related incidents and injuries.

Health and Safety Inspections

H&S routinely inspects University-owned property in order to ensure compliance with university policy and local statutes.

Prohibited Items in Residence Halls

See a list of prohibited items that are unsafe to use and store in residence hall rooms. Plug locks will be placed by H&S on items that are too large to confiscate.

Hot Work Permit

All hot work associated with cutting and welding operations must comply with university policy.

Red Tag Permit

H&S is responsible for oversight of the GW Red Tag Program, which includes record keeping and training.

Fire Drills

Fire drills, also known as emergency evacuation drills, are conducted in each residence hall according to fire code requirements. Health & Safety inspections are conducted throughout the year in residence halls to identify prohibited items and further ensure student safety.

Support for Facilities Services Employees and Contractors

GW has specific fire safety programs to support Facilities Services employees and contractors working on campus, including Hot Work and Red Tag permit systems. All GW employees should also be able to properly select and use a portable fire extinguisher and can attend a hands-on training that is offered to the entire campus community.