All Students

  •  Life Safety Emergency: Call 911 (or 434-395-2019)
  • Smoking & Vaping
  • Annual Non-Residential Building Fire Drills
    • Academic Buildings are scheduled early in the Fall Semester
    • Generally scheduled for the last 5 minutes of the standard class schedule
    • Everybody must leave the building or go to an area of rescue
    • Fire Drills will be conducted in other non-academic, non-residential buildings on an annual basis.
  • - Emergency Egress Maps - show the closest emergency exit route and a secondary route, the assembly location for the building, and the location of emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers and AED. They also indicate where the emergency shelter location is for the building. These maps are located at exits, in student rooms and at the doorway to stairwells. Additional information can be found on our Building Evacuation Information page.
  • Annual Tornado and Earthquake Drills
    • Statewide Spring Tornado Drill - go to the Severe Weather Shelter - this is typically the lowest point in the building as far from the building exterior as possible, in an area with no windows or glass.
    • Statewide Fall Earthquake Drill - get under sturdy furniture such as a desk, or stand in a doorway, somewhere that the structure around you can protect you from falling debris.
  • Staying Safe in Places of Public Assembly - Places of Public Assembly

Residential Students

  • Residential Building Fire Drills
    • 4 Fire Drills (2 per semester) will be conducted annually as required by Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code.
    • at varying times of the day or night.
    • Know your primary and secondary exit routes
  • Fire Protection Systems
    • Fire Extinguishers - Are located throughout all buildings and are inspected monthly. If you would like to have hands-on training on the proper use please contact EHS. A group of 10 or more is preferred.
    • Fire Alarms
      • Detectors
      • Horns
      • Strobes
      • Pull Stations
    • Sprinkler Systems
      • Sprinkler Heads - All student housing units are equipped with sprinkler systems. DO NOT tamper with the sprinkler heads, DO NOT HANG ANYTHING FROM SPRINKLER HEADS, or SPRINKLER PIPING
      • Plumbing in the stairwells.
  • Items Prohibited in Campus Residence Halls Items Prohibited in Campus Residence Halls
  • Fire Safety Restrictions
  • Cooking on Campus
  • Room Inspections
    • the State Fire Marshal's office can inspect student rooms without prior notice.
      • The officer will be accompanied by an EHS employee
      • all entrants will have identification
      • will knock 2 times and loudly announce themselves prior to entering.
    • EH&S Fire Safety inspections
    • RCL Semester inspections

Commuter Students

Rental properties in the Farmville area typically only have room smoke alarms, and won't have the sprinklers, building alarms, or emergency exit lighting present in University residence halls.

Escape Plans

  • Make a plan for how you would get out if the normal exit wasn't available.
  • Tips from the NFPA - Home Escape Planning

Smoke Alarms

  • Required to be provided by the landlord
  • Press the test button monthly to make sure it will work when you need it.
  • When it starts beeping every couple of minutes, or fails to beep when tested, replace the battery.

Fire Extinguishers

  • Required to be provided by the landlord
  • Typically an ABC dry chemical extinguisher that throws a white powder on the base of the fire to smother it.
  • Use the PASS acronym to remember how to use a fire extinguisher
    • Pull
    • Aim
    • Squeeze
    • Sweep

Carbon Monoxide Detector

  • If your rental burns fossil fuel (propane, heating oil) or wood for heat or cooking, a Carbon Monoxide Detector should be installed to protect you from this invisible and odorless gas.