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Smoke Detector and Sprinkler System

Each residence hall room is equipped with a smoke detector. Smoke detectors in rooms are inspected regularly by Environmental Health and Safety. Sprinkler systems have been installed for added safety in all residence facilities.

  • Sprinklers must never be painted.
  • Nothing may be hung from the sprinkler piping or sprinkler heads.
  • Sprinkler heads may never be obstructed or altered.
  • Nothing may be stored within 18 inches of the sprinkler head.
  • Frisbees, footballs, baseballs, etc., are not to be thrown in rooms, hallways or other public areas.
  • Report any damages to the sprinkler system to the service desk immediately.
  • On or near the front door of each living space is a fire evacuation route poster. This poster is to remain in place at all times including but not limited to check-in, Health and Safety Checks and move-out,

By a mandate of the state fire marshal, an action plan has been adopted by OSU and Housing and Residential Life. Regulations are in effect regarding tampering with any fire safety equipment. This includes but is not limited to the propping of fire-resistant doors, and tampering with (includes covering) smoke detectors, sprinkler heads, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers. Activation of fire alarms in nonemergency situations is prohibited (e.g. cooking, vapes, pull stations, etc.).


The first offense of tampering or activation will result in the resident being assessed a fine of $250. The resident will also be placed on Housing and Residential Life Probation and receive an educational sanction. On the second offense, a $500 fine will be assessed; the student will be removed from housing and the contract must be paid in full; an incident report will be forwarded to OSU Police Department and Environmental Health and Safety for a code violation ticket (potential fine of $5,000 and one-year imprisonment); and student will be referred to the Student Support and Conduct. 


If at any time the smoke detector starts beeping periodically, it may mean that the battery is low. If this happens, call the Residential Life Facilities Office at (405) 744-8510, and they will send someone to replace the battery. Do not replace the battery yourself.

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