Fire Alarms and Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are installed in your apartment to alert you of a possible fire. Maintenance staff tests each apartment’s smoke detector before a resident moves in, and every time the apartment requires a maintenance call.

If the alarm rings and you determine there is no fire, air out the apartment or fan the device to stop the ringing and call for maintenance to check on your system. The smoke detector does not automatically alert the fire department. If there is a fire, evacuate all people from the location, immediately dial 911, and then alert your neighbors. Outdoor fire alarms are located in several locations on every building. The alarms are connected to the fire department and should be used only in case of an emergency. Per federal, state county, local and UNIVERSITY ordinances, it is illegal to tamper with (attempt to shut off, reset, remove etc.) any fire safety equipment, including smoke detectors, fire hoses or extinguishers, sprinkler system equipment, and/or fire alarm pull stations. Such tampering may result in conduct action.

Fire Alarm Testing and Evacuation

Fire evacuation plans are posted in most residential building(s). Become familiar with the evacuation plan for your hall, house or apartment before a fire or other disaster occurs.  Every alarm must be treated as an indication of a real emergency. Residents are expected to evacuate their buildings and proceed to the designated assembly area during fire drills. Student Housing will be conducting fire drills on an annual basis. Entry into the building is prohibited while an alarm is sounding. If you accidentally set off the alarm, please call UCI PD at 949-824-5222 as soon as possible. Please give the dispatcher your name, apartment address, and other information as requested.

Every person who violates any provision of the Health and Safety Code section 1311, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) or more than five hundred dollars ($500), or imprisonment for not more than six months or both.

Once you are out of the building, go to the designated assembly area.