Fire Safety

The UA Little Rock Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) office, in conjunction with the UA Little Rock Police Department, is responsible for overseeing fire safety for the UA Little Rock campus.

EHS works closely with all university departments, the Little Rock Fire Department and the Arkansas State Fire Marshal’s Office to ensure fire safety within the community. EHS’s goal is to educate the campus community about fire and life safety, to prevent fire emergencies and reduce alarms.

Read more about Student housing fire protection systems.

Fire Log

The campus housing fire log is a summary of any fires that occurred in on-campus housing for the past year. It is reported on an annual basis and is available for inspection for the most recent 60 day period. The log records to date and time, general location, an estimate of property damage, number of injuries, and/or deaths associated with the fire. Portions of the log older than 60 days are available within two business days of a request for public inspection. The fire log records are filed for a period of seven years. It is maintained by the UA Little Rock Housing Office in the University Commons Building.

Future Improvements

UA Little Rock continues to meet or exceed the requirements of the State Fire Marshal’s Office with respect to fire safety. When buildings are renovated, upgrades to alarm and suppression systems will be performed as required.

  1. Immediately pull the nearest fire alarm pull station as you exit the building.
  2. When evacuating the building, be sure to feel doors for heat before opening them to be sure there is no fire danger on the other side.
  3. If there is smoke in the air, stay low to the ground, especially your head, to reduce inhalation exposure. Keep one hand on the wall to prevent disorientation and crawl to the nearest exit.
  4. Once away and clear from danger, call your report contact and inform them of the fire.
  5. Go to your refuge area and await further instructions from emergency personnel.

Note: Resident staff will not go into every room to search for individuals.

Who to Contact in Case of a Fire

In order to ensure that the proper authorities are notified of a fire when the opportunity arises once you are safe from imminent danger, call any of the following:

Department Number
Emergency Notification System 911
UA Little Rock Police Department 501-916-3400
Environmental Health & Safety 501-916-6351 (7:30a.m.-4:30p.m.)
East Hall Reception Desk 501-570-5101 or 570-5102

Fire Safety Precautions and Fire Systems Equipment

  • Keep doorways, corridors, and egress paths clear and unobstructed. Make sure that all electrical appliances and cords are in good condition and UL approved. Do not overload electrical outlets. Use surge-protected multi-outlet power strips and extension cords when necessary.
  • Never store flammable materials in your room or apartment.
  • Do not tamper with any fire system equipment such as smoke detectors, pull stations, or fire extinguishers. Doing so is a criminal offense.
  • Raising a false alarm is a criminal offense. It endangers the lives of the occupants and emergency personnel.

Fire Safety Do’s

DO treat every fire alarm as an emergency. If the alarm sounds, exit the building immediately.

DO remain in your room if you are unable to exit the building safely because of smoke or fire. Keep the door closed and await assistance from the fire department. If smoke is entering under or around the door, stuff damp sheets or blankets in the spaces to help keep smoke out. If possible, open a window and waive or hang a brightly colored towel or garment to notify rescue personnel of your location.

DO close the doors behind you if it is safe to leave your room.

DO become aware of your neighbors and note if they have not evacuated and tell authorities they are missing and may need assistance.

Fire Safety Don’ts

DON’T assume that a fire alarm is a test or burned microwave popcorn. Any alarm could be the result of a dangerous fire. DON’T waste time collecting personnel items. Take your keys and yourself to safety as soon as possible. DON’T use the elevators during a fire emergency; always use the stairs.