whether students pay attention to fire alarms. Only two strongly agreed this was true,
while most either agreed or somewhat agreed that students pay attention to fire alarms.
Four resident advisors reported negatively to this question as depicted in the chart below
(Specific results of the survey given to CSUF resident advisors may be found in
Students pay attention to fire alarms
10 8 6 4 2 0
Donath (2000) found the same results when discussing the problem of dormitory
fires with college administration professionals. Donath further found that once an alarm
is sounded, many colleges require a security officer to check for a real fire before the fire
department is called. Such is the case at CSUF according to the interview with Jeffrey
Summitt, Assistant Housing Director (Appendix C). Donath argues such practices extend
the response time of local fire departments.
Research Question 2. What fire protection equipment and systems provide the
best protection for residents of college dormitories and do they exist at CSUF?
Mowrer (1999) described three types of detection and alarm systems. These
included single and multiple station smoke alarms, zoned fire detection and alarm
systems, and addressable fire detection and alarm systems. Such systems provide 20