NFPA report reveals September and October as peak months for college housing fires
In a new NFPA report, September and October were identified as peak months for fires in college housing.
According to the report "Structure Fires in Dormitories, Fraternities, Sororities, and Barracks," in 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 3,810 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. As college students settle into housing at school or off-campus, reviewing safety tips is a valuable way for them to remember what actions can be taken to prevent fire and how they can prepare to escape if one occurs. Being sure that smoke alarms are working, and having and practicing a fire escape plan is vital.
Roughly 70 percent of fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks began in the kitchen or cooking area. The report also noted that fires are most common in the evening hours, between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. and on weekends. With cooking the theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week, safety tips and information can be found on the FPW website as well!
Visit www.nfpa.org/campussafety for more information and resources, including a free downloadable Fire Safety Checklist developed especially for college students.
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