There are 3,294 individual student room doors in 25 residence halls on the Kent Campus. Each semester the Department of Residence Servicesâ€™ Office of Safety and Security in conjunction with the KSU Office of Fire Prevention conduct a fire drill in every residence hall at the beginning of the semester. This is done for two reasons: because we are required by state fire code to conduct them and more importantly because we want to educate our residents in what they sound like and what the procedures are for a fire drill.
The fall 2013 semester fire drills were conducted on the evening of September 9th. Security Aide staff and Fire Prevention staff tested the fire alarms in each hall, walking every floor and checking all 3,294 room doors to make sure that residents had fully shut their door while evacuating from the building. A total of 58 doors â€“ out of 3,294 â€“ were found to be propped open and/or dead bolted open. These 58 rooms received a letter informing them that their room doors are a fire door and of the potential dangers of not fully closing their room doors during a fire alarm (i.e., heavy smoke damage, spreading of a fire into their room, etc.).