Fire Prevention and Response On Campus

Course Description:

This session will guide you through a variety of topics that will help you to understand, prevent, and respond to on-campus fires. By the time the session is over, you should be able to understand why residences on college campuses are vulnerable to fires, understand how on-campus fires start, take measures to help create awareness to prevent on-campus fires, know how to respond appropriately to on-campus fires, and understand when and how to use a fire extinguisher.

Course Duration: 39 minutes

Why “Fire Prevention and Response On Campus” Matters:

  • Practicing fire prevention safety reduces the risk. College campuses with an aggressive fire prevention program are more likely to have fewer structure fires, injuries, or serious property damage.
  • A well-planned and well-executed fire prevention plan is a less expensive and more effective way of combatting fires than the cost of fire suppression activities.
  • From 2000 through June 2013, 9 people have died from on-campus fires, and 83 fatal fires have occurred either on a college campus, in fraternity housing, or in off-campus housing, claiming a total of 120 victims.
  • Understanding how to use a handheld fire extinguisher can prevent a small fire from becoming a huge blaze, while saving lives and valuable resources.
  • Remember, with the proper understanding and a plan of action, every death and injury caused by on-campus fires CAN BE PREVENTED.

Key Points:

  • In order for a fire to start and burn, three elements need to be present: fuel, heat, and an ignition source.
  • A seemingly harmless fire can quickly rage out of control if proper measures aren’t taken.
  • Students, on their own for the first time and often naive about fire safety, need to be made aware of the risks of improper fire safety and be trained accordingly.
  • Evacuation procedures should be planned out ahead of time and regularly practiced.
  • Residents should have an escape plan in mind and know where all fire exits are, along with the location of every fire extinguisher in their building.
  • A fire extinguisher can help save lives but should be handled only by those who thoroughly understand how to use it.
  • Read your school’s Fire Safety Report, and encourage your students to do the same.
  • Alcohol plays a major part in adult fire fatalities.

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