If a fire should occur…
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IT’S NOT YOUR PARENTS’ JOB ANYMORE:
The Basics of College Fire Safety
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You are at a higher risk of fire if…
- Close the doors to stop the spread of fire.
- Pull the building’s fire alarm and alert others as you’re leaving.
- Get out of the building immediately. Don’t stop to grab your things; they can be replaced, but you can’t.
- Notify the fire department from outside the building.
- Do not go back inside the building to retrieve any belongings.
You can protect yourself if you…
- You live in unsprinklered housing.
- You do not have a working smoke alarm.
- You do not have a fire extinguisher and/or do not know how to use it.
- You are under the influence of alcohol.
- You leave candles unattended or burn them near flammable materials, such as posters, wall tapestries and bedding.
- You smoke cigarettes and throw them away carelessly.
- You plug too many appliances into a single outlet or extension cord.
- Ensure that your residence hall, apartment or house has working smoke alarms.
- Check the batteries regularly.
- Don’t cover smoke alarms with posters, wall tapestries and furniture.
- Buy a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it BEFORE a fire breaks out.
- Regularly check your fire extinguisher to make sure it is fully charged.
- Live in an apartment or residence hall that has a sprinkler system, which significantly increases your chance of surviving a fire.
- Always extinguish candles before going to bed or leaving the room.
- Keep candles away from items that could easily catch fire.
Cigarettes and Alcohol:
- Use UL-listed extension cords and do not plug too many appliances into a single outlet. This could cause them to overload, heat up and catch fire.
- Don’t run extension cords under carpets.
- Do not leave smoking materials burning; fully extinguish cigarettes when you are through with them.
- Do not throw cigarette butts in the trash.
- Search couch and chair cushions for smoldering cigarettes.
- Drink responsibly. Studies show that more than half of all fire victims were under the influence of alcohol.
For more tips and information, visit www.campusfiresafety.org.
- Have a fire escape ladder as an alternate route from a second or third floor bedroom.
- Know two ways out of every building.