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.