If you’re living off campus, be fire conscious!
Use the following checklist for your apartment or house to be sure you’re safe in case of a fire:
Smoke Detectors- Check to make sure that you have working smoke detectors by testing them once a month. Change the batteries in your smoke detector every six months, and make sure they're never disconnected.
Make sure at least one smoke detector is on every floor of the house. They should be located near each bedroom, either on the ceiling or just a few inches below the ceiling on the wall.
The detector should have a distinct warning signal that you'll be sure to hear whether you're awake or asleep.
Be aware of the escape plan and an alternate escape plan. Rehearse the escape plan and routes you will take. Make sure you have an outdoor meeting location where everyone will go, so that you can be sure everyone has made it out safe.
Make sure you have the phone number of the fire department stored in your cell phone and posted on any land lines.
Other Basic Fire Measures:
Don’t use extension cords whenever possible. When you have to use them, make sure they, and all other wires, never have to go under rugs or over doorways.
Do not overload electrical outlets.
Keep combustible materials like curtains, sheets and rugs away from appliances that may heat up, like computers, TVs, stoves, microwaves, or heaters.
Never smoke in bed. Always keep ashtrays and other smoking materials away from combustible materials.
Take care to make sure that piles of paper and trash are kept tidy and away from wires and heating appliances.
Do not leave a stove unattended while cooking.