Last week, Georgetown released its annual reports summing up crime and fire safety issues on its various campuses. These reports, which were posted on the Georgetown Safety and Environmental Management website, include lengthy summaries of campus procedures and safety policies, before getting to a series of charts which sum up how 2010 compares to previous years in terms of fire preparedness, actual fires, and criminal activity.
According to the Fire Safety Report, 2010 witnessed three fires in Main Campus residence halls—one case of “overcooked food” (and cardboard) in Harbin and trash can fires in Darnall and Reynolds. Although this was an increase in quantity from 2009, it was a significant decrease in size and damages, as 2009′s singular incident was the December New South fire which resulted in, according to the report, over $250,000 worth of damages.
Perhaps of more interest, however, are the statistics included in the report about the function of the University’s fire alert systems. This issue was brought into focus in October of 2010, when the failure of the “audible portion” of Harbin’s fire alarms hindered the building’s evacuation during Georgetown’s most famous drug bust. Apparently the University made good on its promise to check the systems, because, according to the report, every residence hall has functioning “audible evacuation alarms.”
The report also included a section outlining the University’s plans for future fire safety improvements. These include “Building-specific Occupant Emergency Plans” for dorms, and the development of an online system for reporting fires and hazards.
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