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.
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
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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