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Title: Fire Safety

Fire Safety
The Facts
  • In 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to
    an estimated average of 3,840 structure fires in
    dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and
  • These fires caused an annual average of 3
    civilian deaths, 38 civilian fire injuries, and
    20.9 million in direct property damage.
  • Note Dormitories include school, college and
    university dormitories fraternity and sorority
    houses monasteries bunk houses barracks and
    nurses quarters.

Some of the more recent deadly fires involving
college students
  • Oct. 28, 2007 Six students from the University
    of South Carolina and one from Clemson University
    are killed in a fire at a house in Ocean Isle
    Beach, NC, where they had been spending the
    weekend. Six students in the house survived.
  • Aug. 27, 2004 A fire that started in a basement
    bedroom of the Alpha Tau Omega house at the
    University of Mississippi kills three students.
  • April 13, 2003 Five students from Ohio State
    University and Ohio University are killed in an
    off-campus apartment building in Columbus. The
    fire broke out after a birthday party for one of
    the victims.
  • March 19, 2000 Three students from Bloomsburg
    University in Pennsylvania are killed in the Tau
    Kappa Epsilon fraternity house.
  • Jan. 19, 2000 Three students die and 62 are
    injured in the freshman dormitory at Seton Hall
    University in South Orange, NJ.
  • May 12, 1996 Five students die and three are
    injured at the University of North
    Carolina-Chapel Hill at Phi Gamma Delta
    fraternity the day before graduation.
    Investigators blame a cigarette tossed into a
    trash can.
  • Oct. 12, 1994 Five students at Bloomsburg
    University in Pennsylvania die after a sofa
    catches fire at Beta Sigma Delta fraternity
  • Sept. 8, 1990 Three University of California,
    Berkeley students die and two are injured at the
    Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. A visitor admits
    starting the fire while playing with a lighter.

Close to home.
  • Seton Hall Fire Most devastating college fire
    ever January 2000
  • 3 students killed, more than 58 injured
  • One college senior (RA) risked her life saving
    countless sleeping students. Most students
    thought it was a false alarm.
  • Video The Dana Christmas Story
  • Georgetown Fire October 2004 - former Bergen
    Catholic student from River Edge killed
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Most Common Causes of Fires
  • Alcohol In more than 50 of adult fire
    fatalities, victims were under the influence it
    impairs judgment and hampers evacuation efforts.
  • Cooking
  • Arson
  • Careless smoking
  • Unattended candles
  • Overloaded extension cords and power outlets
  • YOUR RESPONSIBILITY understand and respect the
    importance of working smoke alarms

How to protect yourself!
  • NEVER remove the batteries from a smoke alarm
    as a prank or due to a low battery warning
  • NEVER assume a false alarm when an alarm sounds
  • Use the stairs NOT elevators!
  • Fires spread quickly - the difference between
    safety and tragedy is only seconds

Safety Tips
  • Electrical Safety
  • Cooking
  • Drinking and Fires
  • Candles and Incense
  • Escape Plans

Electrical Safety
  • Do not overload power strips, extension cords
    or outlets
  • Older buildings danger!
  • Get a power strip with an over-current protector
  • Electrical outlets should never be too
    hot to touch
  • Never connect multiple extension cords
    they are only for temporary use

  • Second leading cause of dorm fires (after arson)
    the leading cause of fire injuries
  • Stay focused
  • Look for automatic shut-off appliances
  • Keep any flammable materials (cleaners, curtains,
    towels, pot holders) AWAY from hot surfaces
  • Never pour hot water on a grease fire
  • Keep fire extinguisher handy

Drinking and Fires
  • About ½ of adults who die in house fires have
    high blood alcohol content
  • Drinking increases the chances of falling asleep
    while smoking in bed
  • Greatly reduces the ability to detect a fire or
    respond to a fire alarm and escape safely

Candles and Incense
  • Candles and burning incense cause 12,000
    residential fires every year.
  • Never leave candles or incense unattended
  • Keep them away from curtains and unstable
  • Never empty ashtrays into garbage or other
    containers where flammables might be present.

Escape Plans
  • Never ignore a fire alarm
  • Have an escape plan
  • Use the stairs NOT elevators!
  • Know two exits from your room
  • Count the number of doors to the nearest exit
  • Never hang anything from the sprinkler system
  • Protect yourself and your roommates before
    property or valuables

Video clips
  • Fire Safety - YouTube.mht

  • Be safe