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2017 Campus Fire Safety Month Message to Students

SEPTEMBER IS CAMPUS FIRE SAFETY MONTH

Please join The Center and NFPA as we help keep students safe!

STUDENTS - Please practice Fire Safety and share these messages with your friends!

FIRE SAFETY ADVISORS - Feel free to download information to share with students!

PARENTS - Take advantage of tips to help keeps students safe away from home!

GOOD STUFF TO KNOW ...

it could save your life!  Pass these tips on to your friends!

   
  KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE CAUGHT IN A SMOKEY ROOM
Crawl low to the floor.  Thick smoke can make it impossible to see. Toxic chemicals in the smoke can become deadly in seconds. Heat and smoke rise—the freshest, safest air is close to the floor. Even fire fighters crawl low. 
   
  WHEN THE ALARM SOUNDS ... GET OUT 
Fire doubles in volume every 30-60 seconds. In just a couple of minutes, an entire room or multiple rooms can be engulfed in flames and smoke. When the fire alarm sounds, get out of the building - FAST and NEVER, no matter what, delay or go back inside the building to get your “things”. Ask yourself, is a cell phone or computer more important than your life? No way. You can always buy a new cell phone; but you can’t buy your life back.
   
  KEEP EXITS CLEAR 
We get it, there’s not a lot of space in your dorm room or apartment but that doesn’t mean you should store your bikes or suitcases or whatever in halls and stairwells – and especially NOT in front of exit doors. You need these areas free and clear so you can make a fast escape in case of a fire. If stuff is blocking your exits, you could easily get trapped inside the burning building
   
 

BE ‘POWER SAFE’ 

When you overload extension cords, power strips or outlets, you are also overloading the circuit, causing it to heat up and catch fire. And don’t even THINK about using a two-prong plug in a threehole slot either, which not only can cause a fire, but can give you an electrical shock. Play it safe and use only the required number of slots in an outlet or power strip.

   

TURN OFF APPLIANCES
When you leave a room or apartment, ALWAYS turn off the stove, iron, curling irons and other appliances. Leaving these things “on” causes the appliance to overheat and spark a fire. Taking a couple seconds to hit the “off” switch will help keep your apartment and dorm room free of fire, and save your life and the life of your friends.

   
  DON’T COVER YOUR LAMP WITH A SCARF
Covering lamps with a scarf might look nice and create a great atmosphere in your room, but it’s also a huge fire problem. Put your hand over a lamp shade and feel the heat coming from the bulb. Now imagine a scarf resting on the lampshade. Keep all materials that can catch fire away from your lamps. If you’re looking for ambiance, check out our tip about flameless candles.
   
  STICK TO RECOMMENDED WATTAGE ON LIGHT BULBS 
When it comes to lamps, use light bulbs with the correct wattage. Replacing a bulb that has too-high a wattage, like using a 100-watt bulb in a 60-watt fixture, can cause intense heat, melt the light socket and insulation on the fixture’s wires and cause a fire.
   
  RESPECT YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR 
Too many fire deaths have occurred when a smoke detector has been disabled. Always LEAVE the batteries in the smoke detector, NEVER undo the cover, and DON’T take the smoke detector off the wall or ceiling. If you do, the detector can’t warn you about a potential fire.



 

 

 

SHARE PROGRAM

Share is a resource center developed by The Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS) and The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  Our resources are available at no cost to students, educators and parents.

VISIT THE NFPA WEBSITE FOR MORE CAMPUS FIRE SAFETY RESOURCES

TOOLS & RESOURCES
  • Off-Campus Fire & Life Safety Alliance
    Students living off-campus have always been the most difficult to reach.  While improvements have been made over the years, there is still a great deal of work to be done. To help discuss & tackle these issues join our Off-Campus Fire and Life Safety Alliance, managed by CCFS Director Tim Knisely. 

  • Shawn & Alvaro
    Alvaro and Shawn are Seton Hall burn survivors.  They tour the nation to speak and discuss their ordeal at many colleges across the country. Look into having them speak at your Campus Fire Safety event.

  • Student Membership
    We have a student membership in The Center that allows students to participate in our programs, network with other students in our online website, and network with our industry associates, and fire safety professionals members.  Provides students with job opportunity announcements from our members and much more.  Please spread the word!!

  • Prevent.Zone Online Course for Students
    This 30-minute interactive online course is a low-cost way to spread the fire and life safety message to both on-campus and off-campus students.

  • Passport to Fire Safety
    This program aims to improve fire safety measures by equipping students with portable fire safety products such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and escape ladders. 

  • Sprinkler Bowl Game
    A fun game to see how much you know about Fire Sprinklers!  This resource is part of the Fire Factor program created by Janet Maupin, Vice President of The Center for Campus Fire Safety and Deputy Fire Marshal, Champaign Illinois Fire Department.   

  • Cooking Quiz ... What kind of cook are you?
    Complete this quiz from the National Fire Protection Association and Center for Campus Fire Safety to learn about the dangers of on- and off-campus cooking fires.

  • Emory University Cooking Video
    Emory Fire Safety and the Emory Environmental Health and Safety Office collaborated to produce their first video, “The Cooking Fire Challenge.” It uses a fun premise to teach college students ways to reduce the risk of cooking fires.