A college or university campus hosts thousands of people on an almost daily basis, making it difficult to prepare everyone for appropriate fire safety protocols. While most fires begin in the dorms, a fire can begin anywhere and it’s important to do everything possible to ensure that students and faculty are prepared as much as possible in the event of an emergency to increase your campus fire security.
Regular Systems Checks
One of the most important aspects of fire safety is the systems in place to alert building occupants to a fire hazard, as well as any suppression systems such as fire sprinklers. It’s critically important to check all of these systems regularly—once a year minimum—to ensure that they’re in working order.
There will be many systems to check across campus between all of the buildings as well as the dorms, so it’s a good idea to hire a professional team. Take the time to check the alarms and systems in each dorm. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), dorm fires are common between the hours of 5-11 p.m., and 6 out of 7 of these fires are caused when students are cooking. Ensuring that the fire safety systems are in good working condition will keep everyone safe on campus as well as in the dorms.
Make it a point to talk to your students on their level. Add visually interesting infographics to social media sites that are popular among youth such as Instagram and Tiktok. Creating content that is informative while still being entertaining and amusing can help spread your message more easily. Go over common fire hazards and ways to avoid them so that your students can practice better fire safety in their day-to-day lives. This can also be incredibly useful in distributing information about fire alarm protocols so students can be ready in case of an emergency.
Run evacuation drills. It’s a guarantee that people will grumble about the time this takes, but in reality, fire drills are often quite short and they’re a critical part of campus fire safety. There are thousands of people coming to your campus nearly every day, and all of them need to know where the exits are and how to reach them when a fire alarm goes off.
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