5 Cowperthwaite Street Health & Safety
Please familiarize yourself with this important health and safety information:
- Bed Bugs
- Harvard University Police Department Annual Security Report
- HUH Safety and Emergency Information
- Personal Property Insurance
- Smoke Detectors
HUH prohibits the use of grills (charcoal, propane, liquefied petroleum gas, and electric), smokers, hibachis, chimineas, etc. at all HUH residential properties except single family homes with exclusive outside space.
Bed bugs are found all over the world and are constantly being dispersed via used furniture, luggage, and bedding. During the last decade the number of bed bug infestations reported from the housing industry in Massachusetts has significantly increased. The challenge is to correctly identify this insect, prevent its spread, and eliminate it from housing units. The information provided by Harvard Environmental Health and Safety will help affiliates recognize and prevent infestations of bed bugs at Harvard University Housing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Property Management Office.
It is your responsibility to insure any personal property. HUH and Harvard University do not cover the cost of replacing residents’ personal items (clothing, computers, furniture, stereos, books, etc.) that may be damaged or lost due to theft, fire, water, or vandalism. Personal property insurance may be obtained by searching online for local insurance agents, National Student Services, Inc. (800-256-6774), or CSI Insurance Agency, Inc. (888-411-4911). Full-time Harvard employees may also be able to obtain discounted insurance through MetLife (to obtain a quote, call Marsh@WorkSolutions at 866-228-3516). Students may first want to check if they are covered under their parents’ homeowners policy, if applicable. Also, residents who live here and own a home elsewhere may want to add appropriate coverage to their home insurance policy for a small additional fee.
Please be aware that we are located in an urban setting and that we share the safety issues that exist in any city. We all have a part in maintaining a safe and secure community. Residents can help by not ever propping open doors and by getting to know their neighbors.
Many people will be coming in and out during moving periods, so be sure to lock your door when you leave to bring in more of your personal belongings. If you ever see something suspicious, please contact HUPD at 617-495-1212.
Your building is equipped with individual smoke detectors within each apartment as well as a common area fire alarm system. Apartment detectors will sound only in your apartment when activated. They will not silence until the source of the alarm is eliminated. Open windows to ventilate your apartment if food is burned. Do not open doors to hallways to ventilate.
Common area detectors are linked throughout the building. The entire system will sound if one common area detector is activated. If this occurs, the building must be evacuated and the fire department will be called. The system will not be silenced until it is determined by the fire department that the occupants are not in danger.
Do not remove or disable detectors. Deliberate triggering of false fire alarms and tampering with apartment or building fire safety equipment are more than a nuisance; they are subject to criminal penalties under Massachusetts law.
All detectors and alarm systems are checked and maintained during annual fire safety inspections. Fire alarm testing can be loud and invasive. We make every effort to take academic activity into account when scheduling testing and to provide advance notification to residents. Please contact the Property Management Office for more information.
The entire Harvard University Housing portfolio is smoke-free. Therefore, smoking is prohibited within all resident rooms, apartments, on apartment balconies/patios, near building entrances and exits, on all exterior premises, and in all common areas within any HUH building, including common rooms, hallways, stairways, elevators, laundry rooms, and in any other designated nonsmoking area.
Units are equipped with sprinklers. The sprinkler head will be activated at temperatures of 165°F and above.
Sprinkler systems that are not recessed are very sensitive and can be activated if they are banged or pulled. Please do not hang anything from sprinklers or sprinkler pipes and refrain from stacking items close to them (a minimum of 18” of clearance underneath the sprinkler is required). Residents are responsible for damages caused by activation due to improper use.