Fire Safety Tips

Fordham students living away from home should make sure they are living in a fire-safe environment. Those students living in University housing can rest assured, knowing that our buildings are well maintained, protected by sprinkler systems, and fully operational fire protection systems, which are monitored by a central station daily.

Those students living off campus in non University housing should be cognizant of the following safety tips:

  • Look for fully sprinkled housing when choosing an apartment.
  • Ensure stairways and halls are free of storage and rubbish.
  • Have portable fire extinguisher and working flash light available.
  • Make sure smoke alarms are installed in each sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on each level of the apartment unit or house.
  • Make sure carbon monoxide detectors are installed and operational
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Never remove batteries nor disable alarms.
  • Have an escape plan with at least two ways out of every room. Make sure all windows and window gates leading outside open easily. Make sure gates do not require keys and that they are FDNY approved gates.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people or pets. Call the FDNY from outside your apartment.
  • Cook only when alert. Do not cook when sleepy or drowsy from medicine or alcohol. Stay in kitchen when cooking. Never use the oven to heat your apartment.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire (oven mitts, wooden spoons, food packaging, towels, or curtains) away from the stove top.
  • Only plug one heat producing appliance (coffeemaker, toaster, space heater) into an outlet at a time. Keep space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that can burn. Turn space heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Major appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners should be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
  • Make sure extensions cords are not running across door ways or under carpets. Remember extensions cords are intended for temporary use.
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or the fixture. Keep curtains, clothing and paper away from light bulbs.

    John Carroll
    AVP Safety and Security

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