Campus Fire Safety Month: 5 Tips Straight from the ProsBy Home Security Source 9/14/2010 | 10:59:30 amPosted in: Fire Prevention, Personal Safety
September is Campus Fire Safety Month. We’ve already shared our campus fire safety tips but, here are a few more from firefighters from across the country.
Everything in Moderation
Mississippi State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney says, “Impaired judgment from alcohol consumption is the most common factor in campus-related fatal fires since 2000.”
Take it Seriously
"Cold, dark, night, day doesn't make any difference if the fire alarm goes off you need to exit the building immediately," says Firefighter Lt. Himes, of Bridgeport, West Virginia.
Setting the Mood Could Set a Fire…
“Candles that are left unattended are dangerous. Even though they're strictly prohibited in dorm rooms, that doesn't necessarily stop the kids from doing that and that's a major hazard. Because when the candle burns down it can ignite part of the room and spread from there,” says Fire Chief Brian Duggan, of Northampton, Massachusetts.
Take the Stairs
Lt. Denny Hughes of the Farmington Hills Fire Department in Detroit says, “Don’t use elevators if there's a possible fire. You may end up exposing yourself to a floor exactly where the fire is. It's mechanical, so there's a risk for failure. The stairwell is still the safest.”
More than just Stop, Drop and Roll
Fire and EMS Chief Rich Hutching from the Town of Canton, Connecticut says, “This generation of students grew up with stop, drop and roll and Sparky the Dog. www.igot2kno.org is a free, online games program that targets students living in campus housing. It takes training to a new level where students learn to be more responsible for themselves, and that saves lives.”
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