Fire Safety Right to Know Act

The Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act is an amendment to the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This amendment serves to increase campus fire safety awareness across the nation, providing students and their families with the fire safety records of college/universities. Signed into law on August 14, 2008, this amendment requires post-secondary institutions to publicly display fire safety information and statistics. This information informs prospective and current students of the policies, concerns, and fire safety conditions that are present at the institution in which they have applied or are enrolled.

The annual fire safety report is included with a report required by the Jeane Clery Act on crime statistics which is published by the University of Washington Police Department.

UW Seattle Security and Fire Safety Report

Annual Fire Safety Reports for other UW campuses are available here:

UW Tacoma Annual Safety and Security Report

UWB Campus Safety Department Annual Report

Current Fire Logs

Up-to-date logs for the current year:

Reporting a Fire

For UW Seattle buildings and grounds, immediately report any fire or near-miss fire incident to your supervisor and notify the Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S) Building and Fire Safety section at gunderjd at or (206) 616-3775. Within 24 hours of the incident, report it via the UW Online Accident Reporting System (OARS). OARS reports should include near misses, hazardous conditions, and accidents or injuries involving students, UW volunteers working on or off campus, or members of the public visiting campus.

Fire incidents are defined in the Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.

Some examples of reportable fires are:

  • Trash-can fire
  • Oven or microwave fire
  • Burning oven mitt on a stove
  • Grease fire on a stovetop
  • Flame coming from electric extension cord
  • Burning wall hanging or poster
  • Fire in an overheated bathroom vent fan
  • Couch that is burning without any flame evident
  • Chimney fire
  • Gas stove fire
  • Fuel burner or boiler fire

The following are examples of fires that are not reportable under the Fire Safety Right to Know Act but may be reportable under departmental policies:

  • Sparks or smoke where there is no open flame or other burning
  • Such incidents as burnt microwave popcorn that trigger fire alarms or smoke detectors but where there are no open flames or other burning
  • Attempted arson in cases where there is no open flame or burning
  • Fires in parking facilities and dining halls that are not physically attached to and accessed directly from on-campus student housing facilities, even if the facilities are reserved for the use of residents in those housing facilities
  • Incidents that violate your institution’s fire safety policies but that do not meet the definition of a fire

Additional Information

Cleary Center

Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting -- 2016

Department of Education