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.
  1. 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?
  2. Do a Fire Safety Check. Look for:
  3. 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 allowed or 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 inf you're in the middle of a brilliant sentence for a term paper....)
  4. 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.
  5. Get Prepared