This is a very busy weekend coming up for students heading off to post-secondary education. Students living away from home should take a few minutes to make sure they are living in a fire-safe environment. Educating students on fire safety is important and often overlooked. Listed below are a few items to be aware of:
- Look for fully sprinklered housing when choosing a dorm or off-campus housing
- Make sure there are smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level. For the best protection, all smoke alarms should be interconnected so that when one sounds they all sound.
- Test all smoke alarms monthly.
- Learn your building's evacuation plan and practise all drills as if they were the real thing.
- If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.
- When the smoke alarm or fire alarm sounds, get out of the building quickly and stay out.
- During a power outage, use a flashlight - not candles.
- Cook only where it is permitted.
- Stay in the kitchen while cooking.
- Cook only when you are alert, not sleepy or drowsy from medicine or alcohol.
- Check with your local fire department for any restrictions before using a BBQ grill, firepit or chimenea.
- Check your school's rules before using electrical appliances in your room.
- Use a surge protector for your compuuter and plug the protector directly into an outlet.
Here are a couple of very imformative videos of "what could happen to you" and how quickly fire can cause things to spiral out of control!
No Time to Spare
Putting Water on a Grease Fire