Fire Safety

All fires should be reported to the JTS Security Department on the emergency line at (212) 678-8888 or by calling 911.


Fire alarm boxes are located on every floor in each of the buildings that comprise JTS. Upon discovery of a fire, ring the nearest fire alarm box. The fire department will automatically be signaled to come out once the alarm system is activated.

Every person in the building must exit the building and cross the street as soon as the alarm sounds. Failure to do so is a violation of New York City law and may result in monetary fines. Regular fire drills are conducted by JTS to ensure that all members of the JTS community know how to respond in the event of a fire and are conducted at least once a semester in each of the buildings.

Sounding a false alarm is a violation of New York City law and will result in disciplinary action and a monetary fine.

When the fire alarm rings:

  1. Turn off all electrical appliances.
  2. Close all windows.
  3. Close but do not lock the door.
  4. Leave the building by the fire exit stairs. Do NOT use the elevators.
  5. Fire alarms and extinguishers are regularly tested in the residence halls.

Description of the fire alarm systems in each of the Residence Halls


Brush Residence Hall - 3080 Broadway

MXL fire alarm control panel and Edwards 6500 fire alarm control panel with remote annunciator panel connected to a central station dialer panel that automatically signals the fire department when the alarm panels are activated. Addressable heat detectors, smoke detectors, manual pull stations, water flow/tamper interface modules, strobe and horn devices, and air system smoke dampers throughout the building all tied into the main panel. Wet sprinklers and standpipe located throughout the building. 


Goldsmith Residence Hall - 537 West 121st Street

Notifier AFP 400 fire alarm control panel tied into a central station dialer panel that automatically signals the fire department when an alarm is activated. Addressable area smoke detectors, combination horn/strobes, manual pull stations, water flow, and tamper switches are all tied into the main panel. Wet sprinklers located throughout the basement, first floor and in each common area for all floors.

Mathilde Schechter Residence Hall - 415 West 120th Street

Notifier fire alarm control panel tied into a central station dialer panel that automatically signals the fire department when an alarm is activated. Addressable area smoke detectors, addressable heat detectors, combination horn/strobes, manual pull stations, addressable duct smoke detectors, water flow, and tamper switches are all tied into the main panel. Wet sprinklers located throughout the basement, first floor and in each common area for all floors. Wet sprinklers located throughout the basement and first floor.

Combustible materials, electrical appliances, and cooking are potential fire safety hazards. These matters are covered, in detail, in the Residence Hall Occupancy Agreement, a copy of which is given to each resident of the Residence Halls and is included below.

Taken from the Residence Hall Occupancy Agreement.


14. Fire Safety & Policy

A supplement to these procedures will be distributed from time to time. All students and their guests are required to comply with fire safety measures including but not limited to:

  • The residence halls are smoke free, including bedrooms and common areas in Brush, Goldsmith and MSRH
  • Evacuation during fire alarms and fire drills is mandatory
  • Clear pathways to modes of egress in private spaces and common areas, including the storage of items in hallways, unassigned rooms, common spaces of suites, rooms or apartments
  • Ceilings free from any decoration with an 8 inch border down room walls
  • Radiators, heat risers, stoves, ovens, personal appliances and other heating elements are kept away from flammable materials
  • Personal appliances and electrical wiring must be labeled UL listed
  • Cooking is permitted only in designates kitchens and areas and is forbidden in student rooms and suites, as is leaving cooking items unattended on stove tops or in ovens
  • Flammable, corrosive, and/or explosive liquids, solids or compounds of any kind are not permitted to be used or stored in residence halls

Tampering with fire safety equipment of any kind is forbidden and subject to fines and serious disciplinary action.

Residents who intentionally or negligently set off a local or building alarm, will be fined $150 per incident and may face additional disciplinary sanctions.

16. Forbidden Items

The following items are forbidden under any and all circumstances in JTS residence halls and may be confiscated if discovered:

  • Candles except those used for Shabbat/Havdalah/Yom Tov
  • Dart boards that use metal tipped darts (soft rubber are acceptable)
  • Full-size refrigerators unless provided by JTS in a common or shared kitchen
  • Halogen lamps
  • Incense
  • Large personal furniture that is too large for the living space or common area
  • Microwaves except in common/apartment kitchens
  • Open coil heating or cooking appliances including toaster ovens
  • Pets
  • Weapons, firecrackers, explosives, ammunition

Students found with these items will be asked to remove them from the residence halls. These items are subject to confiscation, fines and/or other disciplinary sanctions.