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As Colleges Re-Open, Keep Campus Fire Safety at the Forefront

With the new school year approaching fast, college students are returning to campus, many for the first time in over a year, marking the start of new classes, new friends, and new living spaces. Through their Campus Fire Safety for Students campaign, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and The Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS) are working together to ensure living spaces are as safe as possible during Campus Fire Safety Month in September and throughout the school year.

The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness about the threat of fire among college students in both on- and off-campus housing, and to put relevant information in the hands of students, parents, and campus housing administrators and staff who are encouraged to take proactive measures to protect themselves, family members, and peers against fire. According to campus fire safety research, September and October have the highest incidences for fires in dormitories, meaning the best time to prepare is now! The following tips are a great place to start:

  • Know and practice your building’s evacuation plan, as well as alternate routes.
  • Cook in intended areas only, and never leave cooking equipment unattended when in use, even briefly.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly in an apartment or a house. Ensure smoke alarms are installed outside of all sleeping areas, and on every level of the apartment or house. NEVER remove or disable smoke alarms.
  • Place combustible items away from heat sources and never overload electrical outlets, extension cords, or power strips. Bear in mind that many fires are also caused by portable light and heat sources, like space heaters and halogen lamps.
  • Keep common areas and hallways free of possessions and debris. Never block exit routes.

Many of the resources offered by the campaign are designed to be shared through social media, school newspapers, college websites, and posted in dormitory common areas. These resources include videos, checklists, infographics, tip sheets, and more. Learn preventative actions that can save lives and share the information with people you know. Keeping campuses safe from fire is a collaborative effort; help foster a culture of awareness and preparedness by starting today and spreading the word.

For more resources and information online about the Campus Fire Safety for Students campaign, visit nfpa.org/campus or the Center’s website and its Share! For Students webpage

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Matt Levin
Matthew Levin
NFPA Public Affairs Intern

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