As the school year draws to a close, many college and university students are researching and choosing their on- or off-campus housing for their return in September. With final examinations looming, boxes being hastily packed up, and end of the year parties in full swing, choosing a safe housing option for the start of next semester is not always a top priority for students. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) urges students and parents to stay informed on campus fire safety steps they can take now to ensure a safe school year ahead.
Did you know?
- On average, 10 students die annually in U.S. campus-related fires (Center for
Campus Fire Safety).
- 4 out of 5 campus related fire deaths occur in off-campus housing (USFA).
- Smoke alarms and fire sprinklers reduce risk of death by 82% (USFA).
These fire-related injuries and deaths can be prevented with fire education and awareness. Watch this USFA video to learn some of the most common causes of campus fires and
brush up on your fire safety knowledge:
The USFA website has more helpful information students and parents can refer to as they select their housing for the fall including a list of “Good Questions to Ask Before Moving in or Signing a Lease” and tips about how to stay fire safe after moving in to a new dorm or apartment. Learn more here.
Resources, like the ones from USFA and the NFPA, outlining preventative measures one can take to avoid housing fires are available and plentiful. The challenge comes in making students aware of the dangers associated with these fires. However, with students, parents, local fire departments, colleges, and universities working together, many lives can be saved.