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Off-Campus Fire and Life Safety Alliance

Students living off-campus have always been the most difficult to reach.  Anyone involved in fire and life safety in student housing likely knows that we have made great strides in improving the on-campus, or campus owned residential buildings in the last 10 to 15 years. This improvement was not made easily, and it took a great deal of tragedy and loss of life to get the necessary resources committed. There is still a great deal of work to be done as a large number of residence halls and dormitories still lack modern fire protection equipment such as fire alarm systems, bedroom smoke alarms and sprinklers.

To help tackle these issues, The Center launched their Off-Campus Fire and Life Safety Alliance, which is managed by Director Tim Knisely. 


You do not have to be a member of The Center to apply for access to the Alliance Group.

However, if you are interested in becoming more involved with The Center, please contact us for details on how you can become a sponsor or member and help to further the cause of campus fire safety and be a visible part of this growing and vital mission. If you are not a member but would like to become one, register here or contact us.

Off-Campus Housing Library
 TitleCategory Created Date
Preparing for Move-InArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload8/5/2019
Have a Media Action PlanArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload6/13/2019
Spring is Near (2019)Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload3/29/2019
After Hours EmergenciesArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload2/27/2019
Escape Room Fire SafetyArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload1/23/2019
Residence Halls Without Sprinklers – How Many Are There?Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload9/28/2018
High Rise Fire Safety, Part 3 of 3Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload8/30/2018
Tradgey in TexasArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload7/30/2018
High Rise Safety (Emergency Guides) - Part 2 of 3Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload6/28/2018
High Rise Fire Safety - Part 1 of 3Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload5/31/2018
Careless Mistakes: Is there such a thing? Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload4/24/2018
What is the number for 9-1-1?Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload2/27/2018
How long will my alarms last, and what do all the beeps mean?Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload1/30/2018
End of the Semester / Calendar Year ChecklistsArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload12/22/2017
Stop the MadnessArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload10/30/2017
Move In - Fall 2017Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload8/31/2017
PrepTimeArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload7/31/2017
Trash Chute Fire PreventionArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload6/29/2017
The Hooka LoungeArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload5/26/2017
New Construction Features: A system of systemsArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload3/29/2017
Fraternity party hazardsArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload2/27/2017
Housing ComplaintsArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload1/23/2017
Bed Bugs - Extermination HazardsArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload12/12/2016
The Witching HourArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload10/5/2016
If It's Predictable - It's PreventableArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload8/25/2016
Unwanted Alarms RevisitedArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload7/13/2016
Wishful thinking? Or, maybe some will want to ‘comply’Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload6/17/2016
20 Years of Victims: and the battle goes onArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload5/20/2016
Mom and Dad - Pay AttentionArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload3/31/2016
A Powerful Example for Requiring Residential SprinklersArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload2/29/2016
Fire Extinguishers, A Training Tool for the OCFLSAArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload1/25/2016
Off-Campus Grease FiresArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload12/14/2015
Forum Wrap upArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload11/12/2015
More on EvacuationArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload9/28/2015
Changing HatsArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload8/27/2015
Move In Guide for Off-Campus HousingArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload7/29/2015
Fire Safety ResourcesArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload6/25/2015
Elected Officials must be willing to impose changeArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload5/28/2015
Student Created HolidaysArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload4/28/2015
Cooking 101Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload3/30/2015
Winter Safety TipsArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload2/24/2015
Heating SystemsArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload1/29/2015
Preparing for a New YearArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload12/17/2014
Haloween SafetyArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload10/28/2014
Off-Campus Housing, Because noone plans to have a fireArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload9/29/2014
Do I need renters insurance?Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload8/27/2014
False/Unwanted Alarms (Part 3)Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload7/29/2014
Shadow Campus, Boston and BeyondArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload6/26/2014
False or Unwanted Alarms: Smoke Detectors & Sequence of Operation (Part 2)Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload5/28/2014
False or Unwanted Alarms: Manual Fire Alarm Boxes (Part 1)Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload4/27/2014
The basics of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide AlarmsArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload3/23/2014
When finding the “PERFECT” house: When does the search begin?Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload2/23/2014
Sprinklers and Greek Housing: Part 2 (Fraternaties)Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload2/17/2014
Sprinklers and Greek Housing (Part 1 of Two)Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload2/17/2014
Winter Fire Prevention Messages Off-CampusArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload2/17/2014
Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Fire Protection Equipment…Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload2/17/2014
Preparing for Move-inArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload2/17/2014
Off-Campus Housing: Because No One Plans to Have a Fire!Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload2/17/2014
Off-Campus Housing RisksArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload2/17/2014
Frat Activity = Fire Dept ActivityArticle, Off-Campus HousingDownload2/17/2014
What is Off-Campus Housing?Article, Off-Campus HousingDownload1/21/2014
Frostburg, Maryland: One Dead in House Fire, Two InjuredFire FatalityDownload2/16/2014
Fire Safety (or lack of?) in Off-Campus Housing: Fraternity HousesStudent Point of ViewDownload2/17/2014