USC takes every precaution to prevent and mitigate the effects of fire. The Office of Fire Safety and Emergency Planning focuses on campus fire-prevention and response in a number of areas:
- Fire Safety Training
We offer fire-safety training to all campus staff, including instruction on fire-extinguisher use. Resident Advisers in university-owned residence halls receive training every fall, and staff members and students who work in laboratories where flammable chemicals are used receive training several times a year.
- Building Evacuation Drills
Fire evacuation drills are conducted periodically for all university-owned buildings, with particular focus on residence halls, high-rise structures and health-care facilities, where fire drills are conducted every semester.
- Building Emergency Response Teams (BERT)
Building Emergency Response Teams in all 225 university-owned buildings receive training in fire-emergency procedures and evacuation protocols.
- Safety Inspections
Staff conduct annual safety inspections for all university buildings to help identify and correct potential fire hazards. To request a fire inspection, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fire Safety Compliance
The USC Office of Fire Safety and Emergency Planning enforces fire-prevention rules for all university-owned buildings.
The following are prohibited:
- Open flames, such as candles and incense
- Halogen lamps
- Overloading electrical circuits with too many appliances or other pieces of equipment
- Tampering with or disabling fire-safety equipment, such as smoke detectors
- Leaving kitchen stovetops unattended in university residence halls