Fire Chief Tim Butler

Fire Chief Tim Butler
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Saturday, September 22, 2012


Day 22 - Campus Fire Safety Month

One of the best ways to protect your college student from fire is to choose student housing that is compliant with building and fire codes, that have well-maintained and operating safety systems installed, and where housing managers make a concerted effort to promote fire safety on the premises.

Saint Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard recommends asking some important questions when selecting college student housing - either on-campus, or off-campus (85% of student fire deaths have occurred in off-campus housing):

• What is the fire history in off-campus housing?

• Are there automatic fire sprinklers installed?

• Are there WORKING hardwired smoke and carbon monoxide alarms? How often are they tested?

• What discipline is handed out by the school if someone maliciously causes a false fire alarm?

• How much fire safety training do residence hall staffs receive?

• How often do students receive fire safety education?

• How often are evacuation drills conducted?

• Are there couches or upholstered furniture on the front porch or deck?

By doing some research when selecting student housing, your student can have a safer, more secure college experience!

Take care, and enjoy the rest of Campus Fire Safety Month!


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this information. I keep these questions in my mind for future.