Dorm Fire Safety Tips
There are over 2,000 residence hall fires each year, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. Here are five fire safety tips to help you get started on playing it safe.
Ask Questions When Selecting a School
Have any fires occurred on campus within the past few years? Where, how and when? Were any changes made after the fire?
Are evacuation drills conducted? How often?
Does the residence hall staff receive any emergency preparedness training?
Do a Fire Safety Check.
- smoke alarm (there should be one in each dorm room)
- carbon monoxide detector
- Sprinkler systems
- Fire extinguishers (Click here for usage instructions)
- Pull stations (the small red box on the wall that says "FIRE")
- Nearest exits (memorize their location)
Follow the Rules
Certain items are banned for a reason: to keep students safe. Ask if smoking, incense, candles, hot plates and halogen lamps, etc., are prohibited.
Exit the building when any alarm is sounded – even if you're in the middle of a big date in your room. (Or, if you're more scholarly, even in you're in the middle of a brilliant sentence for a term paper....)
Use Common Sense
Don't overload power strips or outlets. Read the directions for each strip.
Don't leave candles, cigarettes (though we know you don't smoke....) or cooking unattended.
Read through the Apartment Fires What You Should Know and Home Fires section for more fire safety tips.