stairwells. Such features were not found at any of the dormitories at CSUF. Therefore,
the author sought evidence of open hallway doors leading to corridors and stairs.
Fortunately, most resident advisors at CSUF reported these doors remain closed most of
the time. Please see the chart below (Specific results of the survey given to CSUF
resident advisors may be found in Appendix B).
Hallway doors to stairs and exits are always closed
Research Question 3. What policies, procedures, and systems are in place to
prevent fatal fires from occurring in the CSUF residence halls?
Mowrer (1999) described a four-pronged approach to fire safety in student
housing including prevention, occupant awareness and training, detection and alarm, and
suppression. In the area of prevention, Mowrer’s guide focuses on fuels such as
upholstered furniture and draperies and ignition sources such as smoking materials and
candles. Such key areas need to be addressed by the campus housing administrators
according to Mowrer. The interview with Assistant Housing Director Jeffrey Summitt
revealed CSUF had established policies regarding fire prevention included in a student
handbook. The policy prohibits the use of products known to increase fire danger
including flammable liquids, halogen lamps, and cooking appliances. In addition, open