Off-campus fire in Boston is a reminder about the importance of fire safety for the college community

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Sep 19, 2016

A four-alarm fire in August that ripped through a house in the Allston neighborhood of Boston

is a timely reminder of the importance of fire safety, says Boston Fire Department spokesperson

Steve MacDonald.  According to BU Today, the news and information website of Boston University,

MacDonald inspected the building after the fire, and says he didn’t see the number of smoke alarms

required by the city.  He urges all students living in, or moving into, an apartment to report anything

that looks unsafe by calling the mayor’s hotline.


While no one was injured in last month’s blaze, it left 11 residents homeless. Boston has a tragic history

of fires in off-campus student housing.


In an effort tCampus Fire Safety.pngo increase public awareness, NFPA has partnered with local fire chiefs,

building officials, and campus fire safety advocates on a campaign focusing on the importance of having working smoke alarms and two ways out called "Best Roomates

Evah!" The campaign made its debut at an event at the Massachusetts state house last month when Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito declared September Campus Fire Safety Month.


Messages about the campaign have been posted on Massachusetts highways. The campaign focuses on

two aspects of fire safety relating to off-campus housing–the importance of  having working smoke alarms

and having two ways out of the house.


In addition, NFPA has put together an online quiz/sweepstakes called “What Kind of Cook Are You in the Kitchen?” designed to raise awareness about the dangers of cooking fires among college-age students.




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