Campus fire safety: turning off appliances reduces fire risk

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Sep 7, 2017

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September is Campus Fire Safety Month and NFPA and The Center for Campus Fire Safety (The Center) are working together to help raise awareness of the dangers of fires among college-aged students who live in on- and off-campus housing.


During this first week of our “Campus Fire Safety for Students” campaign, we want to focus on household appliances. In the whirlwind of our morning routine there’s always a chance we’ll forget our keys or lunch or (fill in your own item!). Add in distractions like texts or work/school email and it’s more likely we’ll walk out the door without remembering to turn off the lights or more importantly, turn off appliances that generate heat and increase our risk for fire (think:  coffee pots, hair straighteners, etc.).


The short video below hosted by a local student provides a quick reminder about the importance of turning off appliances.


If you’re a fire safety educator, a professional responsible for student safety on campus, or a parent, take a couple of seconds to review the video and share it with your student(s) on social media, online or in a face-face meeting. 


Learn more about the campaign and get additional resources like checklists and our campus fire safety tip sheet at and