This week (October 5 - 11), NFPA celebrates Fire Prevention Week with this year's theme, Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month. As someone who lives in a dorm or in off-campus housing such as an apartment, did you know that you can play a key role in keeping yourself and your friends safe wherever you may reside? Here are some things to consider when it comes to smoke alarms:
- Make sure your dormitory or apartment has smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level
- Test all smoke alarms at least monthly
- Never remove batteries or disable the alarm
- Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing
- If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room (try and practice this with friends before your next drill)
- When the smoke alarm or fire alarm sounds, get out of the building quickly and stay out
If you live on campus and have any questions about the smoke alarms in your living quarters, check with your RA (resident assistant) who can direct you to the right people able to address your concerns and fix any problems you may have. If you live in an off-campus apartment, your landlord can and should also address any of your safety concerns.
During Fire Prevention Week, learn more about fire safety with the help of some key resources from NFPA, like our Smoke Alarm quiz that will give you a chance to see how much you know, and what you still need to do. The quiz runs through the end of October.
How about taking our Smoke Alarm pledge, which states that you will test each of your home’s smoke alarms each month to ensure they are working. This works great if you live in a sorority or fraternity house. But keep in mind you can still take the pledge even if you don't live in a house - your dorm room or apartment is just as important. Visit our Smoke Alarm pledge webpage for more information.
As always, NFPA provides an updated campus and dorm fire safety checklist that you can easily download and keep nearby for quick reference. Our smoke alarm safety tips sheet and other resources provide additional opportunities to give you the best and latest information on smoke alarms and general fire safety.
If you haven't already, use Fire Prevention Week this fall to kickstart your campus and dorm fire safety plan into place. And let us know how you did. We're always happy to hear from you!