September is campus fire safety month and going to college is an exciting time for students and their parents.
However, when it comes to on and off campus housing, it’s important for students and parents to keep fire safety top of mine. Here are a few things they should look out for:
If you live in a dormitory:
- Make sure your dorm room has a smoke alarm and your dorm suite has a smoke alarm in each living area.
- Never remove batteries or disable the alarm
- Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.
- Make sure you can hear the building alarm system when you are in your dorm room.
- If burning a candle, the candle should be placed away from anything that can burn.
If you choose off-campus housing:
- Make sure smoke alarms are installed in each sleeping room and on every level of your house or apartment.
- Have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.
- When the smoke alarm or fire alarm sounds, get out of the building quickly and stay out.
- Don’t store suitcases or bikes in the halls or stairwells and especially not in front of exit doors.
College is your home away from home.
Just remember to be safe.