You can avoid having your room be this room.
Learn about fire safety from your RA or from the links below.
- 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.
- 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.
- Candles Never leave candles unattended because they can catch something on fire…and you won’t be there to stop it.
- Cooking Most cooking fires start when someone walks away from the stove. Stay with it and if you have to walk away, turn off the stove.
- Electrical Don’t overload the outlets. Too many appliances can cause the wiring to heat up, melt and then start a fire.
- 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.