Contact Info

          Office of Environmental Health and Safety
          Reeder Hall, Lower Level
          219 Meadville Street
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2709
          Fax: (814) 732-2228

          Jim Dahle
          Director of Environmental Health and Safety
          Phone: (814) 732-2709
          (814) 732-2228

          Brian Marshall
          Environmental Health and Safety Technician
          Phone: (814) 732-1741

          Prohibited Items and Fire Procedures

          This page details prohibited items at Edinboro University and fire safety procedures in the event of a fire.

          Prohibited Items

          For safety reasons, we ask students to leave the following prohibited items at home:

          • window-style air conditioners
          • water beds
          • bunk beds (including lofts)
          • candles
          • incense
          • appliances with exposed elements
          • alcohol
          • drugs/ narcotics
          • weapons
          • martial arts paraphernalia
          • halogen lamps and bulbs
          • extension cords
          • pets of any kind*

          *Fish tanks of less than 5 gallons in size are permitted.

          Fire Evacuation Procedure

          In case of fire or visible smoke, pull the fire alarm immediately. Fire alarm pull stations are activated by pulling down the handle located on the pull station. If the pull station has a clear cover to protect against vandalism it must be lifted first, and then the pull station lever must be activated.

          **Note: Lifting the clear plastic cover will activate a tamper alarm. Do not confuse this with the fire alarm.

          Elevators must NOT be used in an emergency. With a loss of power, you can become trapped. The elevator shafts act like a chimney for heat and smoke, creating a deadly condition.

          When the fire alarm sounds all persons MUST leave the building immediately. Do not panic. Pre-plan your escape. Learn the location of exits and pull stations before the fire.

          Do not open the door until you have:
          • Checked for smoke seepage around the door cracks.
          • Feel the inside of the door. Do not open if it feels hot.
          • If the door is cool, cautiously open it with your body braced against it. While one hand is on the knob, hold one hand over the door opening to detect any blast of hot air.
          If you can leave the room:
          • Be sure you have on shoes, as the stairs may be hot.
          • Carry a towel with you to cover your face should you encounter smoke. Stay low and crawl in smoky areas.
          • Close all doors and windows behind you.
          • Leave the lights on, but do not lock doors.
          • Proceed to the nearest exit. If all exits are blocked, return to your room and follow the instructions in the next section.
          If your door is hot, do not open it. Instead:
          • Seal up the cracks around the door using damp towels, sheets etc. This will help to hold back heat and smoke.
          • Open windows slightly, both top and bottom, in order to let in fresh air and let out bad air.
          • Hang a sheet out the windows to signal rescuers.
          • If you have access to a phone, call the University Police at (814) 732-2911 or call 911 and report your room number and location.
          After you leave the building:
          • Stand clear of the building at a minimum of 100 feet.
          • Report to the pre-designated meeting area.
          • Fire equipment will need room to maneuver around the building. Stay off sidewalks, parking lots and streets.
          • Never re-enter the building until Police or Fire Officials give the all clear.
          • Follow instructions of police and fire personnel.

          Fire Prevention on Campus

          Edinboro University recognizes the importance of designing a total approach to fire protection and prevention that involves all facets of the University, from students to the administration. The University Fire Marshal and the Residence Life staff work closely to ensure the success of the University’s fire prevention program.

          The University Fire Marshal is responsible for managing the fire prevention program on campus. Life safety is the primary objective of this program, which includes: fire code compliance inspections of all University buildings, fire exit drills, fire alarm testing, fire safety education and information, emergency procedure and planning, fire data analysis, code consultation and fire investigations.

          Each residence hall has an integrated fire and heat detection system with sprinklers that covers common areas, as well as individual rooms.

          Personal Property Protection

          Students are encouraged to get personal property insurance, or determine with their family’s insurance agent, what coverage may currently exist as part of a homeowners or renters insurance policy. Students may arrange for insurance through any commercial property insurance carrier. It’s important that students be insured against any loss and make decisions about the extent of coverage they need for personal property.


          The residence hall staff and students work together to provide a secure environment. Student rooms should be locked at all times. The residence halls are locked from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, with staff members monitoring those entering and leaving the hall. Each exit door is alarmed, and staff investigate alarms as they occur. It’s important that resident students work with the residence hall staff and the University Police by ensuring that only guests of residents are in the hall. Any suspicious person or activity should immediately be reported to the University Police.

          Safety Training

          Safety training is available to all students, faculty and staff. Classes can be scheduled in the following areas by contacting the Manager of Environmental Health and Safety by phone at (814) 732-2907 

          • Asbestos Awareness
          • Bloodborne Pathogens
          • Confined Space
          • Electrical Safety
          • Emergency Action Plan
          • Fall Protection
          • Fire Extinguishers
          • Hazard Communication
          • Hazardous Waste
          • Laboratory Standard
          • Ladders
          • Lockout/Tagout
          • New Employee Orientation
          • Personal Protective Equipment
          • Respiratory Protection
          • Hot Work

          Report all fires immediately, regardless of how small, and even if you think that the fire is extinguished.

          Edinboro University Police Department Emergency Number: (814) 732-2911
          Edinboro University Environmental Health and Safety: (814) 732-2907.