Campus Safety Fire and Natural Disaster Policies

Read below for fire and natural disaster policies covering topics including Fire Prevention and Student Residence Hall Fire Safety and Sprinkler System.

Fire Prevention

Fire prevention is the responsibility of all students, faculty, and staff at Barton Community College. Students residing in residence halls must adhere to fire safety policies.

Electrical Equipment and Appliances

All electrical equipment is subject to inspection throughout the year as part of the fire safety program. All types of halogen lamps are prohibited. The storage and use of the following electrical appliances in student rooms are prohibited.

  • Open heating coils
  • Refrigerators measuring over 2.5 cubic feet
  • Space heaters
  • Toasters
  • Toaster ovens
  • Electric grills/griddles

Appliances not in use must be turned off and /or disconnected.

Fire Safety Inspections

For fire safety, inspections are performed no less than four times a year. Inspections may be conducted at any time at the discretion of the Housing Coordinator or his/her designee.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are located on the main floor in Bluestem, Meadowlark, and Sunflower Halls and on each floor of Cottonwood Hall. Fire extinguishers should be used for their intended purpose only and should not be removed from their designated location. Fire extinguishers should only be used after the fire has been reported. Only try to control a small fire, if you can do so safely.

Fire Doors

Keep fire and smoke doors closed. These doors prevent the spread of smoke and fire.

Gasoline and Combustibles

Any item with a gasoline engine is prohibited in residential housing. Gas barbeque grills, charcoal, and lighter fluids are prohibited in residential buildings.

Candles, Incense, and Open Flames

Candles, oil lamps, incense, alcohol lamps, and open flame burners are prohibited.


State fire regulations require that all paths of exit, including corridors and stairwells, be kept free of obstructions.

Fire Evacuation Policy

College Policy on Reporting of Fires: Fires and fire alarms should be reported directly to Campus Safety. Any staff, faculty, students, or visitor who becomes aware of any active or past fire should notify any or all of the following persons: Campus Safety Officer, Coordinator of Facilities Management, and/or Coordinator of Student Housing.

Every person in the building, including staff, faculty, students, visitors, and contractors where the fire alarm is sounding, regardless of known or suspected cause, is required to evacuate immediately. Persons evacuating must leave via the closet exit. All occupants should assemble at a safe distance from the building and await further instructions from fire and/or Campus Safety personnel.

Student Residence Hall Fire Safety and Sprinkler System

Below is a listing of residence hall fire safety systems.  There are not immediate plans for system upgrades; however systems are constantly being reviewed.

Barton Community College Residential Fire Systems

Initiating points includes smoke detectors in every residence hall room as well as strategic locations in hallways

Building Smoke Detector Alam Type Sprinkler Types
Bluestem Halls Individually Monitored NA
Meadowlark Halls Individually Monitored NA
Sunflower Halls Individually Monitored NA
Cottonwood Halls Centrally Monitored Wet system entire building
Bluestem Hall Centrally Monitored Wet system entire building

Barton Community College Fire Drill Statistics

Residence Hall Fire Drills
2012 Total 2013 Total 2014 Total
Bluestem Halls




Meadowlark Halls 1



Sunflower Halls 1
1 1
Cottonwood Hall 1
Bluestem Hall 1 1 1

Fire Safety Education

Initial training on the college's fire safety program is provided at the first halls meeting each year.  Additional information and reminders on fire safety zones and evacuation procedures is provided to all students, faculty, and staff prior to the start of fire drill for the year