Fire Safety In Residence

Fire Alarm Procedures

It is an offense under the Criminal Code of Canada to cause a false fire alarm. This is an indictable offense that is liable to an imprisonment term.

View Criminal Code of Canada Section 437: - "Other interference with Property"

For Bartley, Prettie, Halliday Hall, & the Apartments

Manual fire alarm stations are located throughout Bartley Residence, Prettie Residence, Halliday Hall, and the Apartment Complexes. It is the responsibility of each resident to be familiar with the location of alarm pull stations and fire exits throughout Residence.

The fire alarm is a continuous loud ringing of a bell or a pulsating alarm horn. Upon hearing the alarm, all residents are to leave the building via the nearest safe exit.

Resident Assistants have received special fire safety training and will act as Fire Wardens. All rooms will be checked in the area where the alarm has sounded. Any person(s) found remaining within the affected Residence will be liable to a fine of up to $200.00. Assisted by the University Security staff, the Thunder Bay Fire Department will respond to all fire alarms and their personnel will be in charge of the situation. Once the "all clear" is given, residents will be allowed to return to their rooms.

If you detect a fire, activate the nearest pull station, call out to persons around you and proceed to the closest safe phone to call (807) 343-8911. Provide Security Services with all the particulars about the emergency.

Evaluate the area and take refuge in the designated safe area for your residence.

For Townhouses

If you detect a fire call (807) 343-8911 from the nearest safe area/place or from the emergency phone located in the laundry room. You can press the "hotline" button on any Nortel phone to reach Security Services directly.

Designated Safe Locations when fire alarm is sounded


Safe Area Location


Bike Shelter #1 in Bartley parking lot


Designated smoking area on the walkway nearest Dan's Diner

Halliday Hall

Designated smoking area in the Avila parking lot


The nearest safe townhouse block


North Residence - Bike shelter #1 in Bartley parking lot

South Residence  - designated smoking area in the Avila parking lot


Fire Drills in Residence

Periodically fire drills will take place throughout the Residence buildings.  There will be no prior notice given for this very important safety activity.  Upon hearing the fire alarm you are required to exit the building immediately and go to the appropriate safe area as specified for your building or alternate bad weather location as directed by Residence Life Staff.  Failure to leave the building goes against Residence Community Standards and actions will be dealt accordingly.

For safe area locations, please see the notice on the back your unit or bedroom door.

Fire Safety Inspections

As Residence is home to approximately 1200 people during the academic year, the University strives to make Residence a safe place to live. As such, Resident Assistants must make regular safety inspections of their respective houses/townhouses/apartments. At this time any inappropriate items will be removed.