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Now that school has started, it is likely that someone you know has transitioned to college life. It is an exciting time as Freshmen are getting settled in for their first year at college. There are a lot of things they experience in the first few months as they begin living in a dorm off campus.
In the midst of all the chaos, it is important to remember some simple fire safety tips. Mr Restore wants everyone to be safe from fires this school year. Check out our college fire safety tips for living on or off-campus.
Here are a few things to look for in a dorm or apartment. If you need help - ask your apartment manager or resident adviser about fire safety:
It is fun to decorate your new dorm room or apartment as you arrive at college. However, you need to furnish with fire safety in mind. There are a few things you should know before decking out your room:
You need somewhere to charge your laptop and phone and of course your TV and gaming system. Overloaded electrical outlets, however, are also a major fire hazard.
Therefore, try to plug only one heat-producing appliance into a wall outlet at a time. You can also consider unplugging small appliances, like an iron or coffeemaker, after use. Finally, make sure to use a surge protector. This is especially true if you have a computer in your room. Otherwise, a surge could damage your computer.
You probably know that you can’t light a candle or burn incense in your dorm room. There are plenty of other fire hazards that you may not know about. Some colleges and universities, for example, ban items that might be a fire risk, like toaster ovens and space heaters. You can look over your school’s residence life policies or the terms of your lease to learn about any prohibited items.
Between 2011 and 2015, according to the NFPA, 86% of structure fires in dorms, fraternities, and sororities were caused by cooking equipment. There’s more to cooking than simply following a recipe.
Here are some tips to help ensure you’re safe while cooking:
Finally, be proactive. If you see something, take care of it or ask for help.
Mr. Restore wants you to be safe. Following these tips on basic precautions and your knowledge about fire prevention will help you safely enjoy your time at college.
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