Did you know that it is Campus Fire Safety Month? In honor of this month, we ask you to take a moment from your busy back to school schedule and review some fire safety tips and resources, so you’ll be prepared in case of a fire this semester.
The Herald-Dispatch offers these useful tips to students and their parents to check their residences for safety:
- Look for fully sprinklered housing when choosing a dorm or off-campus housing.
- Never disable a smoke alarm or any other fire protection equipment.
- Regularly inspect rooms and buildings for fire hazards.
- Inspect exit doors and windows and make sure they are working properly.
- Know how to properly notify the fire department using the 911 system.
- Always participate in fire drills and practice escape routes and evacuation plans.
- Take every alarm seriously.
- Don’t overload electrical outlets and use extension cords properly.
- Don’t burn candles.
- Smoke only where allowed and preferably outside.
- Check you school’s rules about using electrical appliances in your room.
- Use a surge protector for your computer and plug the protector directly into an outlet.
- Learn to properly use and maintain heating and cooking appliances.
Just as these tips will help protect your personal safety, renters insurance is a way to protect yourself from the financial impacts of fire. It is recommended to leave your belongings behind in the event of a fire, leaving them open to damages. Your safety is most important and the things that could weigh you down and should be left behind can be covered by a renters insurance policy for a low monthly cost:
Stay tuned to the blog this month for more campus fire safety information, and check out our Campus Fire Safety Month board on Pinterest!