Off Campus Housing Safety
College and schools are back in full swing. If you decide to live in off campus housing, make sure that it is safe to live there. Every year there are multiple deaths in dormitories. Almost all (94 percent) fatal campus fires occur off-campus. Alcohol is a factor in three-quarters of fatal campus fires. FEMA has offered the following safety tips to help you or your child become aware of the dangers that have become fatal for some.
- Cook only where it is allowed. Set a timer on your phone to remind you that food is cooking.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out. Never toss hot cigarettes butts or ashes in the trash can.
- After a party, check for cigarette butts, especially under cushions. Chairs and sofas catch on fire fast and burn fast.
- Don’t smoke when you have been drinking or are drowsy.
- Never use an extension cord with large appliances, like a refrigerator.
- Do not overload electrical outlets.
Off campus housing can offer privacy and less commotion for students. Make sure landlords have provided a residence that has a certificate of occupancy that ensures it is up to code with CO detectors, Smoke Alarms and Sprinklers if required. Know two ways out for escape and practice it. Your higher education can be rewarding and fun. Make sure to be safe and make it to graduation! Watch FEMA’s video for Campus Safety Here