Smoke alarms can’t save your life if they can’t do their job. Install them, test them, maintain them.
- You need to know this information for after when you are visiting friends who live off-campus and for when you move out of the residence halls.
- This is only some of what you need to know. There is more information online at the links below.
- Over four out of five of the campus-related fire fatalities and injuries happen off-campus. Think about this when you are visiting someone’s house.
- What you learn here can save lives…yours, your friends, your roommates
- Escape Planning
- Always know two ways out, wherever you are.
- The way you came in might be blocked when you try to get out.
- Your second way out might be something like a window.
- Automatic Fire Sprinklers
- Fire sprinklers save lives, no two ways about it.
- They can put out the fire within seconds, long before any fire department can get there.
- Despite what you see in the movies, only one or two sprinklers will go off and they will put out the fire.
- Smoke alarms
- Smoke alarms in the residence halls, you don’t need to worry about testing them. Facilities will do that.
- Do NOT cover them with anything. It puts you and everyone around you in danger if they can’t do their job.
- When you move off-campus, make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home. They can save your life.
- Smoke alarms – install them, test them, maintain them. They can’t save your life if they can’t do their job. If you don’t have them, for the price of a pizza you can buy a smoke alarm.
- Escape Planning – Know two ways out, no matter where you are. Your second way out may be a window. Be ready, know what to do before the emergency.
There is a lot more that you can know to be fire safe. For more information, visit these links.
- United States Fire Administration
- National Fire Protection Association
- Campus Firewatch