Before you move your child into campus housing


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Before moving in to campus housing, confirm the necessary equipment and policies are in place that help reduce the risk of injury or even death from fire.

  • Is it equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system? Sprinklers provide a vital first line of defense when it comes to controlling fires and reduce the chances of dying in fire by half to two thirds.
  • Does every student’s room have a smoke alarm? Fire alarm systems will give everyone a warning that there is a fire and time to escape.
  • Is smoking banned in the building? Smoking is the third leading cause of fire in residence halls.
  • Are candles and halogen lamps prohibited? This style of light is generally discouraged because of the fire hazard from the high temperature of the bulb and their power consumption.
  • Does the school have policies on the use of electrical appliances and extension cords/power strip use?
  • How often are fire drills conducted?
  • Where are the fire extinguishers located and does the school provide fire extinguisher training for students?

For more information concerning on-campus residence halls, Greek housing, or off-campus housing fire safety, contact Fire Marshal Mike Altomare at 614-652-3934.