The Basics of College Fire Safety

2009 Fire Safety Carnival Video


If a fire should occur…

Close the doors to stop the spread of fire.

Pull the building’s fire alarm and alert others as you’re leaving.

Get out of the building immediately. Do not stop to grab your things. Things can be replaced, lives cannot.

Notify the fire department from outside the building.

Do not go back inside the building to retrieve any belongings.

You are at a higher risk of fire if…

You are in a home or workplace without a working sprinkler system and/or a working smoke alarm.

You do not have a fire extinguisher and/or do not know how to use it.

You are under the influence of alcohol.

You leave candles unattended or burn them near flammable materials, such as posters, wall tapestries and bedding.

You smoke cigarettes and throw them away carelessly.

You overload electrical sockets by plugging too many appliances into a single outlet or extension cord.

How to Protect Yourself

Smoke Alarms: Ensure that your residence hall, apartment, or house has working smoke alarms. Check the batteries regularly. Do not cover smoke alarms with posters, wall tapestries and furniture.

Fire Extinguishers: Buy a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it BEFORE a fire breaks out. Regularly check your fire extinguisher to make sure it is fully charged.

Sprinklers: Live in an apartment or residence hall that has a sprinkler system. Working sprinkler systems will significantly increases your chances of surviving a fire.

Candles: Always extinguish candles before going to bed or leaving the room. Keep candles away from items that could easily catch fire.

Extension Cords: Use UL-listed extension cords and do not plug too many appliances into a single outlet. This could cause them to overload, heat up and catch fire. Do not run extension cords under carpets.

Cigarettes and Alcohol: Do not leave smoking materials burning; fully extinguish cigarettes when you are through with them. Do not throw cigarette butts in the trash. Search couch and chair cushions for smoldering cigarettes. Drink responsibly. Studies show that more than half of all fire victims were under the influence of alcohol.

Escape: Have a fire escape ladder as an alternate route from a second or third floor bedroom. Know two ways out of every building.