Hale Fire Protection District

College Students

College students need to prioritize fire safety and prevention because it can save lives, prevent property damage, and ensure the continuity of their education and future career paths.

College is a time filled with a lot of excitement, with new experiences and adventures that extend beyond academics to the social aspects of campus life. But with this excitement comes the need for responsibility, especially when it comes to fire safety and prevention. Dormitories, classrooms, and off-campus housing all feature their individual fire hazards that can prove to be very dangerous if not handled correctly. Thus, it is crucial for college students to learn and understand strategies that can help prevent fire outbreaks and take appropriate action in case of an emergency. By being aware of the importance of fire safety, college students can avoid consequences that could range from simple property damage to devastating injuries, or even worse, fatalities. As such, taking the necessary precautions to stay safe can contribute significantly to preserving life and property.

College Students

Messages for College Students


    • Place candles in sturdy holders.
    • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
    • Keep candles away from anything that can burn.
    • Use safe flameless candles.


    • Cook only where it is allowed.
    • Keep your cooking area clean and free of anything that can burn.
    • Keep an eye on what you are cooking, especially if you are cooking at high temperatures.
    • If a fire starts in a microwave, keep the door closed and unplug the unit.

Electrical safety

    • Keep lamps, light fixtures, and lightbulbs away from anything that can burn.
    • Never use an extension cord with large appliances like a refrigerator.
    • Don’t overload outlets.
    • Use only surge protectors or power strips that have internal overload protection.


    • Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out. Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.
    • Use deep, wide ashtrays. Place ashtrays on something sturdy and hard to burn.
    • After a party, check for cigarette butts, especially under cushions. Chairs and sofas catch on fire fast and burn fast.
    • Don’t smoke when you have been drinking or are drowsy.

Messages for Colleges and Universities

    • Provide students with a program for fire safety and prevention.
    • Teach students how to properly notify the fire department using the 911 system.
    • Install smoke alarms and an automatic fire sprinkler system in every dormitory room and every level of housing facilities.
    • Maintain and regularly test smoke alarms and fire alarm systems. Replace smoke alarm batteries every semester.
    • Regularly inspect rooms and buildings for fire hazards. Ask your local fire department for assistance.
    • Inspect exit doors and windows and make sure they are working properly.
    • Create and update detailed floor plans of buildings, and make them available to emergency personnel, resident advisors, and students.
    • Conduct fire drills and practice escape routes and evacuation plans. Urge students to take each alarm seriously.

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