Away at College? – Don’t let up on Fire Prevention

Many of our residents are away at college now broadening their education, meeting new people, and possibly living “on their own” for the first time. Hopefully all the life lessons that were taught at home carry over to their new “homes”. Interesting data has come out of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) that shows the same fire risks that are in your home also exist in dormitories, fraternities, and sororities.

Here is some NFPA data to consider and reinforce with your college students:

  • The leading cause of fires in homes and in dormitories, fraternities, and sororities is COOKING.
  • Smoking as a cause for fires has a higher incident rate in dormitories, fraternities, and sororities.
  • Fires occur within the same time frame: Hint-dinner time
    • Fires in dorms, fraternities, and sororities = between 5pm and 9pm
    • Fires in homes = between 5pm and 8pm
  • Unattended cooking is the most common reason for cooking fires and causes the most fires.
  • Combustible items too close to a heat source resulted in the most injuries.

What to do with this information?

  • Share with your college student
  • Ask if there are working smoke detectors in their dorm, fraternity or sorority house, and off campus housing.
  • Ask if they had a fire drill and what time was the fire drill.
  • If you’re cooking, stay in the kitchen.
  • Be mindful of loose clothing and items that can easily catch fire when cooking.