Colleges & Universities

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In 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 3,840 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks that resulted in 3 civilian deaths, 38 civilian fire injuries, and $20.9 million in direct property damage, annually. (source: NFPA)

With a new group of college freshman moving into on-campus housing across the state, parents and students alike will want to check out our guide to staying safe in dormitories (below). Find easy ways to stay safe and learn about the most common causes of fires and fatalities in dorms.


Hot Links

Campus Safety Guide
Fire Safety on Campus - Questions Everyone Should Ask
From FEMA - Fire Safety Tips for Students and Parents
Fire Safety Poster (print and post on bulletin boards in dormitories or other student housing)
9 Fires Documentary (a video on the impact of 9 college campus fires)

Campus Firewatch

Campus Firewatch is an excellent internet resource for colleges and universities. With statistics and articles, as well as a monthly subscription-service newsletter, it offers great information about fire prevention on college campuses, as well as tips and information on fire safety. They also have a frequently-updated listing of all recent fires on college campuses. We strongly encourage you to check out this excellent source of information.