Fire Safety in Panhellenic Sororities

On August 14, 2008 the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 was signed by President George W. Bush. Among other things, this act required that universities publish an annual fire safety report to better inform students, prospective students, and parents of fire safety prevention and education efforts. The Act did not require non-campus housing such as sororities to comply. However, in an effort to improve sorority members’ safety and maintain safety standards similar to the university, the 10 Panhellenic sorority chapters that have off-campus houses have provided the following information voluntarily.

Panhellenic Sorority Housing Facility Fire Safety Systems

Panhellenic Sorority Name

Sprinkled

Smoke Alarms Single Station not Monitored

Smoke Detectors Monitored by Building Fire Alarm System

Alpha Chi Omega

Yes

Yes

Yes

Alpha Delta Chi

Yes

Yes

Yes

Alpha Phi

Yes

Yes

Yes

Chi Omega

Yes

Yes

Yes

Delta Delta Delta

Yes

Yes

Yes

Delta Gamma

Yes

Yes

Yes

Gamma Phi Beta

Yes

Yes

Yes

Kappa Alpha Theta

Yes

Yes

Yes

Kappa Kappa Gamma

Yes

Yes

Yes

Pi Beta Phi

Yes

Yes

Yes

Panhellenic Sorority Statistics on Fire Damage and Injuries

Number of Fires in Panhellenic sororities.

No fires reported for Fall 2008.

Number of deaths related to fire.

None reported for Fall 2008.

Value of property damage caused by fire.

No damage reported.

Policies or rules on portable electric appliances, smoking, having open flames, etc.

Members can request information from sorority facility director or house corporation board.

Panhellenic Sorority Fire Drills

A fire drill is conducted in each Panhellenic sorority by the Boulder Fire Department during the fall and spring semesters.

Panhellenic Sorority Fire Inspections

A fire inspection is conducted in each Panhellenic sorority on a yearly basis by the Boulder Fire Department.

Coalition for a Responsible Community

Panhellenic sorority student and alumni leaders, Interfraternity Council student and alumni leaders, the Boulder Fire Department Fire Safety Educator, a Boulder Police Department Hill Law Enforcement Officer, the Director of Greek Life, and the Dean of Students meet on a monthly basis to check-in regarding the health and welfare of the student membership. The Boulder Fire Department provides a monthly update of emergency medical and fire related visits to the chapters.

Fire Safety Education for Chapter Members

At the beginning of each fall semester, one representative from each Panhellenic sorority that has a housing facility is expected to attend the day long Greek Fire Academy. The purpose of the Academy:

  1. Increase awareness of fire hazards in Chapter houses
  2. Increase knowledge and ability to escape from fires
  3. Inform the participant so she can bring the information back to her chapter to inform the membership
  4. Improve the participant’s ability to prevent fires
  5. Better understand and appreciate the work of the fire service

This highly interactive program empowers student leaders to become knowledgeable in fire safety as it relates to living in a housing facility. Students are expected to share the information learned during the Academy with their chapter membership.