This past week, there were two unfortunate events on college campuses that have reminded us of the importance of campus fire safety. The first incident left 100 students displaced in an apartment fire in Pennsylvania, and the other sadly resulted in a student’s death at Reed College in Oregon.
NFPA encourages parents, college safety and fire officials to remind students of some basic steps they can take to ensure their safety when living off campus. In case of a fire emergency, it is crucial to have two ways out of a room. Fires can be unpredictable, so every student needs a backup plan in case their first route of escape is blocked. Having two viable exits is a great start, but it is equally important to develop and practice an evacuation plan. Then, if an emergency situation were to occur, students would be prepared to act and feel comfortable with the plan. Finally, we need to ensure that there are working smoke alarms in each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level of the house to warn students and give them as much time as possible to exit the building in case of a fire.
For more information, checklists, tip sheets and other resources, visit NFPA’s campus fire safety webpage.