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Nashville, TN – Each year, across the country, college and university students on- and off-campus experience hundreds of fire-related emergencies. There are several specific causes for fires on college campuses, including cooking, arson and accidents.
Overall, most college-based fires are due to a general lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention. According to information compiled by Campus Firewatch, the great majority of student fire deaths occur in off-campus housing that lacks sufficient exits, operable smoke alarms and automatic fire sprinklers.Also, the misuse of candles, careless smoking habits and the use of alcohol – which impairs judgment and hampers evacuation efforts – contribute to off-campus housing fire deaths.
As the fall semester approaches, colleges and universities are busy preparing for the arrival of residents to their campus communities. Some will be first-year students moving into residence halls.
Other students will be moving off-campus and living on their own, some for the first time. For most of these students, the last fire safety training they received was in grade school; but with new independence come new responsibilities. It is important that both off-campus and on-campus students understand fire risks and know the preventative measures that could save their lives.
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Off-Campus Fire Safety
The U.S. Department of Education reports that there are approximately 18 million students enrolled in colleges and universities across the country. Approximately two-thirds of the students live in off-campus housing.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office encourages considering the following before moving in or signing a lease:
According to information compiled by Campus Firewatch, 86 percent of the campus-related fire fatalities across the nation since January 2000 have occurred in off-campus housing.
Five common factors in a number of these fires include:
On-Campus Fire Safety
In cases where fire fatalities have occurred on college campuses, alcohol was a factor. There is a strong link between alcohol and fire deaths. Alcohol abuse often impairs judgment and hampers evacuation efforts.
Many other factors contribute to the problem of dormitory housing fires including:
The State Fire Marshal’s Office (www.tn.gov/commerce/sfm/) is a division of the Department of Commerce and Insurance (www.tn.gov/commerce/), which works to protect consumers while ensuring fair competition for industries and professionals who do business in Tennessee.
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