Fire Safety

All Emergencies: 9-1-1

Dial 9-1-1 from any campus phone to connect directly to the campus police.

Emergency Info Hotline
1-888-533-5388

The University maintains this emergency information hotline for status updates for campus wide emergencies; e.g., flooding, earthquake, fire.

Campus Housing Fire Safety Report

In compliance with The Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act, included as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the following is Sonoma State University’s Campus Housing Fire Safety Report for the 2016 calendar year.

Mandatory Supervised Fire Drills

During this reporting period there were two mandatory supervised fire drills involving the campus housing community. The drills were conducted on February 26, 2016 and September 16, 2016.

Reportable Statistics

 
Village Address Reportable Fires Cause of each fire Number of deaths related to fire Value of property damaged caused by fire:
Zinfandel 1701 East Cotati Ave 1 Candle 0 0
Cabernet 1701 East Cotati Ave 2 Cooking (2) 0 $50
Verdot 1701 East Cotati Ave 0 0 0 0
Sauvignon 1701 East Cotati Ave 1 Cooking 0 $60
Beaujolais 1701 East Cotati Ave 1 Cooking 0 $50
Tuscany 1701 East Cotati Ave 1 Cooking 0 $60

 

Policies on Portable Appliances, Open Flames, and Smoking

Refrigerators 3 cubic feet or smaller, microwaves, and coffee pots are the only kitchen appliances allowed in residential suites. All other exposed coils and other electrical cooking appliances are prohibited. Space heaters, portable air conditioners, clothes washers and dryers, Halogen lamps, and additional full size refrigerators are prohibited. All electrical equipment must be UL approved and in safe operating condition.

Open flames are prohibited in the Residential Community to include, but not limited to, lit candles, incense, laboratory burners, and torches. Cooking is prohibited in any residential space other than a kitchen. Flammable or dangerous materials such as lighter fluid, gasoline, solvents, and caustic chemicals other than household cleaning agents are also prohibited.Gas grills of any kind are prohibited. Charcoal lighter fluid is prohibited; pre-soaked briquettes or a chimney style paper charcoal lighter should be used.

Sonoma State University is a smoke and tobacco free campus. The smoking policy defines “smoking” as lighting, burning, carrying, inhaling, exhaling, or holding a lit cigarette, cigar, bidi, pipe, or other smoking or recreational vapor delivery apparatus containing tobacco or another substance.

Evacuation and Fire Safety Education and Training Programs

Upon assuming occupancy in the fall semester, all campus residents receive a move-in written publication which includes “What To Do in Case of an Emergency”. This emergency information includes what to do in case of fire: i.e., how and where to evacuate, contacting authorities, and activating fire alarms. There is also a permanent emergency information decal mounted on the inside of every living unit’s entry door stating how to report an emergency and what to do in case of fire. This decal also includes the 24 hour emergency information hotline maintained by the university.

Emergency preparedness and evacuation information are also maintained and available online.

Campus Housing Facilities

Sonoma State University has six on-campus student housing villages with the following building, unit, and occupancy capacity counts.

Housing Facilities
Village Occupied Buildings in Village # of Units Capacity
Zinfandel
1972
Barbera, Chardonnay, Flora, Riesling, Semillon, Traminer
96
408
Cabernet
1985
Gamay, Merlot, Muscat, Pinot, Tokay
52
244
Verdot
1991
Sauterne, Chablis, Chenin Blanc, Claret, Meritage
60
300
Sauvignon
1999 & 2000
Alicante, Burgundy, Colombard, Fume Blanc, Grenache, Marsanne, Sirah
160
935
Beaujolais
2003
Alsace, Bordeaux, Classico, Loire, Madiera, Medoc
171
654
Tuscany
2009
Mosel, Piemonte, Provence, Rhone, Savoie, Trentino, Veneto
128
698

Fire Safety Systems

The following is a description of the fire safety systems in the respective villages:

All villages are all equipped with a Nodifier Onyxworks Fire Alarm System, fire and smoke (heat/smoke) detection, on the interior of each unit per the National Fire Protection Association - NFPA - 72 and maintained per California Code of Regulations Title -19 Section 1.14. Each fire and smoke detector alarm signals and reports all trouble to Police Services and the Boiler Plant only, and do not directly signal to the local Fire Department - Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District, Rancho Adobe Station No. 1, (707) 795-5455.  The Nodifier Onyxworks Fire Alarm System is a proprietary, 24 hour continuously monitored system.  Each individual heat/smoke device and pull station is tested and serviced annually.  All of the campus housing buildings are equipped with manual pull stations in various exterior locations tied into an audible horn fire alarm system, per the National Fire Protection Association - NFPA - 72 and maintained per California Code of Regulations Title -19 Section 1.14, with one exception.   Audible horns equipped with strobe lights are installed in selected suites designed to house hearing impaired students, and are installed in accordance with National Fire Protection Association - NFPA-72.  In the Merlot building, which is part of the Cabernet Village, (three story building with interior exit passageways) manual pull stations - audible horn/strobe fire alarm system are located on the interior exit passageways, per the National Fire Protection Association - NFPA - 72 and maintained per California Code of Regulations Title -19 Section 1.14. 

All villages have fire alarm panels and sub-panels with emergency back-up power, via dry cell battery designed to last for a 24-hour period in the event of a power outage, per the National Fire Protection Association - NFPA - 72 and maintained per California Code of Regulations Title -19 Section 1.14. 

All villages are equipped with fire extinguisher cabinets - located on the exterior of each building, (MP Series - Multi-Purpose Dry Chemical Class ABC Fire - Fire Extinguishers).  In addition Beaujolais Village, Cabernet Village, Sauvignon Village and Tuscany Village (the “apartment villages”) provide MP Series - Multi-Purpose Dry Chemical Class ABC Fire - Fire Extinguishers in the interior of each unit in the kitchen area, per NFPA - 72 and maintained per California Code of Regulations Title -19 Section 1.14. 

Beaujolais, Tuscany and Zinfandel Villages are equipped with a fully functioning and certified fire sprinkler system; each building and unit in Beaujolais Village and Tuscany Village has fire sprinkler coverage, per the National Fire Protection Association - NFPA - 13 and maintained per California Code of Regulations Title -19.   The Zinfandel Village has limited fire sprinkler coverage in buildings and units.  Zinfandel Village is maintained per California Code of Regulations Title -19.  Cabernet Village, Sauvignon Village and Verdot Village are not equipped with a fire sprinkler system, none of the buildings and/or units has fire sprinkler coverage. The Barbera and Traminer buildings in the Zinfandel Village are each equipped on the exterior with a Standpipe System Fire Type - II hose cabinet, with a 100 foot hose length.

All villages are provided with an emergency blue phone to directly call 911 Emergency, Police and Safety Services 24 - hours, 7 days per week.

Carbon monoxide devices are installed in apartments with gas units.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal, (Deputy State Fire Marshal) inspects, tests and certifies annually the fire safety systems in each of the campus housing villages to confirm the systems are fully functioning and maintained, per the California Code of Regulations Title -19 Section 1.14. 

Future Improvements and Continued Efforts with Fire Safety

The Housing Office sends out two email notifications per academic year reminding students about the policies surrounding smoke detectors and fire safety. This information will also be covered with the residents during beginning of the semester mandatory building meetings. Monetary penalties are assessed to the residents if a smoke detector is discovered to be covered or tampered with in a bedroom or common area.

Reporting Procedures

Once a fire has been extinguished all instances of fires should be reported to the Director of Housing Services at 707-664-2541 or by email at ssu.housing@sonoma.edu

Jeanne Clery Act Annual Report

The SSU Jeanne Clery Act Annual Report is located on the Police and Safety Services website at http://www.sonoma.edu/ps/about/jeanneclery.html

Fire Log

The University’s Housing Services Office also maintains the required campus housing fire log.  The log can be accessed at the Housing Services Office, located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center.  Paper copies can be made available.