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Safety & Maintenance

Fire

A comprehensive fire protection system, including sprinklers, safeguards the College buildings and is continually upgraded and tested to ensure its effectiveness. Fire evacuation drills are held during the year and Members must co-operate with fire wardens and fire service officers. If fire breaks out, the fire alarm bells will sound a warning and all Members must then vacate the building following the instructions posted inside each bedroom. Please make yourself familiar with these instructions when you take up residence.

Please do not attempt to open outside fire doors, tamper with fire equipment or signage, or to open locked security doors.

Candles and incense are not permitted

Misuse of Fire and Safety Equipment

The College takes a serious view of any misuse of fire and safety equipment. All intentional false alarms and misuse of equipment will result in disciplinary action being taken.

Security

To protect the Members, their privacy and possessions, the Master and staff place great emphasis on the security of the College. If uninvited outsiders are seen around the College, either challenge them or inform the Master or College Leaders immediately.

Security cameras cover the public areas, entrances, and exterior of the College. Exterior doors are locked electronically, though Members are given key tags to enable them to access the buildings after hours.

College Leaders are on duty during the evenings to ensure the College is safe and secure.

Energy Conservation

The College is well heated. If a bedroom is too hot, the College asks that heaters be regulated or turned off before opening windows. Thermostatic valves have been installed on heaters to make it easy to regulate the heat. Members must not tamper with thermostats and/or timers.

Please turn lights off when leaving bedrooms and common rooms, and turn off unnecessary lights in bathrooms and kitchens. Please be reasonable in the use of hot water. The College appreciates the efforts of the Members in helping to save energy and the environment.

Maintenance

The College also needs Members' assistance in preventing large repair bills. Please let the College Leader on duty or the Master know immediately if there is a major problem such as a burst pipe. Write any repair problems in the maintenance book immediately. This is in the drawer of the desk opposite the Conference Co-ordinator’s Office. An easy way to contact the Building and Grounds Staff is to email them at workshop@stmargarets.college.

Keys

Members are issued with a key to their room and a key tag for the main doors (and bike shed if required). For security reasons you sign for these keys and the only people who will have access to your room are the Housekeeping and Buildings and Grounds Staff (and this normally at your request). Where other Staff need to use a key to enter your room, for health or safety reasons or in extraordinary circumstances, you will be advised.

Lost keys

It is important that Members take care of all keys and return them on leaving the College at the end of their final examination. Members are charged for the replacement when they fail to return their key.

When a key is lost a new key barrel is installed and this is at the cost of the Member. Both the original and the replacement keys remain the property of the College. The current cost, during working hours, for replacing keys, key barrels and resetting the lock system is at least \$150. Please let Staff know immediately if a key is lost so that the key tag can be deactivated and outsiders cannot gain entry. You will still have a few days’ grace to find your key but this way you will not be responsible if someone uses your key to gain entry to the College.

Ross Wing locks

Renovated rooms in Ross Wing have contactless locks installed. On the inside of the door is a privacy button that deactivates the exterior handle. The handle will be automatically reactivated when the door is opened from the inside. The privacy function may be overridden by College staff or Leaders for health and safety reasons, and by housekeeping staff. When leaving your room, please lock the door by touching your key to the reader.

Electric Equipment

Because of the risk of fire, Members are not allowed to use electric heaters, toasters, grills, microwaves, cooking appliances, electric blankets, irons or other heavy electrical appliances in their rooms. All electrical appliances must comply with safety standards. If in doubt contact the Administrator.

Firearms and Fireworks

No firearms, air rifles, slug guns, BB guns, imitation firearms or the like are permitted in the College. No fireworks or rockets are permitted in the College’s buildings or grounds.

Water Pistols

Because these damage the wallpaper they are not allowed in the College.

Roofs

No one is allowed on any roof, even the various flat roofs.

Private Possessions

As the College is so close to the main campus, theft is an occasional problem and Members are urged to keep their bedroom doors locked. In the case of theft, a Member should report the matter both to their floor College Leader and the Police. Members are advised to ensure that their personal possessions have private insurance cover. Sometimes a parental Household Contents Policy may cover for the Member's personal possessions. Please note that the College accepts no responsibility for private possessions brought into College.

Norris Dining Hall

Please take care around hot surfaces such as the toaster, the toasted sandwich maker, the boiling water tap and the bain marie.

Shoes must always be worn in the Dining Hall.

Due to space and safety considerations, bags and packs are to be left outside the Norris Dining Hall along the Music Room side of the corridor. Please do not place bags alongside the Atrium side of the hallway.