Fire Code for Residence Halls

The Office of Environmental Health, Safety, and Sustainability would like to take this opportunity to welcome students who are coming on campus to live in the residence halls. We hope that this page will be useful to you by providing information that will help you to comply with fire safety regulations.

New York State Fire Code has specific regulations that dictate what is allowed to be in a student room on campus. We have taken this opportunity to explain just how the code regulations will apply to you as a resident.

The following items are prohibited in residence hall rooms:

too many posters on a residence hall room wallCandles (even if they are not burned or the wick is cut)

Incense (even if it is not burned)

Multi-colored lamps with plastic shades

Any appliance with open heating elements

Nothing may be hung from the ceiling of your room at any time.

Flags and tapestries are not permitted to be hung on walls or ceilings

Any kind of fuel (grill lighter fluid, propane, etc)


The following items are permitted in residence hall rooms, but with restrictions:

Curtains - Curtains are not necessary, as blinds are provided for all student rooms. If students wish to use curtains for aesthetic reasons, all curtains must be flame retardant. To date, only a couple of companies are known to sell flame retardant drapes for personal use ( and . Students may also purchase flame retardant fabric and make their own curtains. Please note: flame retardant tags/ratings must be on the fabric. If these markings are removed, the curtains are considered a violation of fire code.

Holiday Lights - holiday lights are permitted two weeks prior to the end of the fall semester only. Lights may never be hung from the ceiling.

Posters - The NYS Fire Code states that no paper of any kind can be hung on walls or doors or rooms or hallways. Realizing this is very restrictive, the University permits a modest amount of pictures and posters to be hung on student walls. Paper should never be hung on the door to your rooms.


Other regulations to keep in mind:

3 feet of exit width must always be maintained in your doorway. If at any point the exit path from your room becomes less than 3 feet wide, furniture or other items must be moved.

Shoes, bikes, or other personal items cannot be stored in the hallway at any time

Suite doors must remain closed at all times, NEVER prop it open in any way.

Smoke/Heat detectors may never be covered or otherwise disabled. This is a serious violation.

For more information on living in the residence halls, please visit the Residence Life page.


If you have any questions about what is or is not permitted by fire code, we encourage you to e-mail or call our office at 673-3796.

Environmental Health, Safety, and Sustainability

140 Hendrix Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3796 phone
(716) 673-3103 fax