Fire Safety Right-to-Know


The Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act informs prospective and current students of the policies, concerns, and fire safety conditions that are present at the institution in which they have applied or are enrolled.

The Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act serves to increase campus fire safety awareness across the nation, providing students and their families with the fire safety records of colleges and universities. Signed into law on August 14, 2008, this amendment requires post-secondary institutions to publicly display fire safety information and statistics. EH&S’s Building & Fire Services team documents and shares fire incident reports with the campus community for fire safety education and to prevent future incidents.

What you need to know

The annual fire safety report is included with a report required by the Jeanne Clery Act on crime statistics which is published by the UW Police Department.

Annual Fire Safety Reports for other UW campuses are available here:


Campus fire logs

Click here to view a log of campus fires for the current calendar year:

Campus Fire Log


What residence hall fires are reportable under the law?

Fire incidents are defined in the Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting

“Any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner”

Some examples of reportable fires are:

  • Trash-can fire
  • Oven or microwave fire
  • Burning oven mitt on a stove
  • Grease fire on a stovetop
  • Flame coming from electric extension cord
  • Burning wall hanging or poster
  • Fire in an overheated bathroom vent fan
  • Couch that is burning without any flame evident
  • Chimney fire
  • Gas stove fire
  • Fuel burner or boiler fire

The following are examples of fires that are not reportable under the Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act but may be reportable under departmental policies:

  • Sparks or smoke where there is no open flame or other burning
  • Burnt microwave popcorn that triggers a fire alarm or smoke detector but no open flames or other burning is present
  • Attempted arson in cases where there is no open flame or burning
  • Fires in parking facilities and dining halls that are not physically attached to (and accessed directly from) on-campus student housing facilities, even if the facilities are reserved for the use of residents in those housing facilities
  • Incidents that violate the UW’s fire safety policies but that do not meet the definition of a fire

When in doubt, ask your supervisor or someone in charge.

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