Students in a dorm at Framingham State University (MA) were forced out of their rooms on Friday because of a fire. A single sprinkler kept the fire under control. All students in the dorm were safely evacuated. The fire started when a laptop left on a bed overheated, igniting the bedding.
Let’s remind all our college students to use extra caution with heat producing items in their rooms. NFPA offers a safety tips sheet on college campus fire safety. The safety tips are appropriate for students living on- and off-campus. It’s also important to remember that a laptop produces heat and should be kept well away from anything that can burn.