Fire safety isn’t something that’s at the top of most college kids’ priority lists. But the truth is that it should be. Whether college kids live in dorms or off-campus housing, there’s a chance they could be forced to face a fire at some point during their college careers. Let’s take a look at some tips that can keep college kids safe.
Check to see which electrical appliances are allowed in dorm rooms.
There are many colleges that have banned certain electrical appliances from dorm rooms. For example, hot plates are usually off limits. Hot plates come in handy for many college students that don’t have any other way to cook. However, because they’re inherently dangerous, colleges have outlawed them and asked students to leave them at home. Ask your college which electrical appliances are fine to use and which ones you should avoid.
Take fire alarms and smoke detectors seriously when you hear them.
Fire alarms and smoke detectors go off in college dorms all the time. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for students to pull fire alarms when there isn’t any fire present. Nevertheless, that shouldn’t stop you from getting up and getting out of your building when you hear an alarm. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to fire safety.
Learn your dorm building’s fire escape plan or come up with a plan of your own if you live off campus.
If a fire were to break out in your dorm building or off-campus apartment, how would you get out? All colleges are required to post fire escape plans prominently inside dorm buildings. Learn the fire escape plan for your building when you move in. Your off-campus apartment may or may not have a fire escape plan posted. If there’s one available, take a look at it when you move in. If there isn’t one, create a plan of your own and make sure everyone living in your apartment knows what it is.
In addition to utilizing these tips, college students should also make sure they have functioning fire alarms and smoke detectors in their dorm rooms and apartments. Life Safety Consultants can supply you with these devices if you don’t have them. Call us at 888-557-0558 today to order them and keep yourself safe.