Clare College Cambridge

Fire Safety

Fire Safety

Fire is probably the biggest single danger in multiple-occupancy buildings. Failure to observe fire regulations and procedures can have potentially catastrophic consequences -   for you and for many others. As far as is reasonable and practicable all steps have been taken by the College to prevent or minimise the risk of fire. This does not mean, of course, that a fire will never break out. The College provides systems to deal with this eventuality and these are regularly checked to ensure that they are adequate. These tests include: fire evacuation drills; regular inspections/tests of means of escape; maintenance of fire warning systems; emergency lighting and fire-fighting equipment.  A detailed and comprehensive fire risk assessment has been carried out for all accommodation and this is reviewed regularly. Candles, nightlights and incense burners are not permitted in any College premises except for Chapel where their use is controlled and managed safely.

Electrical Equipment

You are responsible for the safety of all electrical appliances - of any sort - which may be connected to a College socket. Cables, connectors, and plugs must be visually checked regularly for signs of wear or poor connection. The College carries out these checks annually and will inform you of the date that your portable electrical appliances need to be checked.  On the day of the checks we ask that you ensure ease of access to all electrical items in your accommodation.

Your room is a place to sleep and must not be used for cooking and food preparation.  In the gyp rooms you are provided with all you need to cook and heat your food.  Therefore, do not bring your own cooking appliances (mini grills, toasters, kettles, steamers, ovens etc) as these are not permitted. Only College appliances may be used for cooking in the gyp rooms and no cooking appliances can be used in your rooms. If you do bring these items, which can significantly increase our risks of fires, we will meet with you to arrange to keep the item in storage for you until you are able to take it off site.


Fire Alarm Tests and Evacuation Drills

During term time the fire alarms in our undergraduate accomodation in Old Court, Memorial Court and The Colony are tested weekly on Thursday at 12.30pm or as close to this time as we can make it (subject to College activity taking place).  This is the time that is least likely to disturb college life. 

Outside of term the tests are carried out on Thursday in the evening after 7pm so that formal lunches and daytime conferences are not disturbed.

Fire evacuation drills are periodically carried out on all undergraduate sites. Everyone is expected to cooperate, leave the premsies and gather at the assembly point.