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Fire Safety

Before moving into your residence hall or house check for smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishing systems, if there are not these devices in your house ask your landlord or residence hall director to install one.

After You Are Settled in Your New Home

  • Be sure to participate in fire drills and adhere to guidelines for evacuation when a fire alarm sounds.
  • Never ignore the sounding of a fire alarm. Even if there have been other false alarms, still take each and every alarm seriously. 
  • Have a plan ready in advance of outlining what to do in case of a fire or emergency. Don’t wait until an emergency arises to make your college safety plan. It is already too late! 
  • Check electrical outlets for overheating. Do not overload outlets. 
  • Be sure to turn off appliances when not in use. 
  • Use fire proof mitts and pot holders for cooking. 
  • Have an ABC fire extinguisher installed within ten feet of the kitchen.

Living Off Campus

It is important to take extra precautions for fire safety if you are living off campus.

Fact: 79 percent of fatalities from fires at colleges occur in off-campus apartments compared to 12 percent in dormitories. Be extra diligent in making sure that fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working to be safe in your college housing.

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