With the start of many young people's fall semester at college just around the corner, it's a happy time of returning to studies and friends. The Hastings-on-Hudson Fire Department is of course proud of our young adult community, but keeps safety in the forefront with their most recent e-mail regarding fire safety on college campuses. Please read the info. below and remind students to stay safe at all times.
Hastings-on-Hudson Fire Department Fire Preventions
Campus Fire Safety
Robert A. Russak, Chief, HHFD
J.T. Drumm, Fire Inspector, HHFR
We want to impress the need for fire safety awareness on all of our young people who are starting college or returning to college during the next few weeks. Unsafe conditions in many dormitories are especially in off-campus student housing are responsible for too many structure fires, some resulting in tragic consequences for students, their families and emergency responders. Two years ago, three students died in a fire in an off-campus housing unit at a college not far from this village.
Please take time to read the attached (below) safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association. This information should be high on the list of criteria when selecting housing where students will sleep, eat and study for the next several months.
STOP: Safety Tips On Prevention
College Campus Fire Safety: College students living aware from home should take a few minutes to make sure they are living in a fire-safe environment. Educating students on what they can do to stay safe during the school year is important and often overlooked.
- Look for fully sprinklered housing when choosing a form or off-campus housing.
- Make sure you can hear the building alarm system when you are in your dorm room.
- If you live in a dormitory, make sure your sleeping room has a smoke alarm, or your dormitory suite has a smoke alarm in each living area as well as the sleeping room. For the best protection, all smoke alarms in the dormitory suite should be interconnected so that when one sounds, they all sound.
- If you live in an apartment or house, make sure smoke alarms are installed in each sleeping room, outside every sleeping area, and on each level of the apartment unit or house. For the best protection, all smoke alarms in the apartment unit or house should be interconnected so that when one sounds, they all sound.
- Test all smoke alarms at least monthly.
- Never remove batteries or disable the alarm.
- Learn your building's evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.
- If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room..
- When the smoke alarm or fire alarm sounds, get out of the building quickly and stay out.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
- Cook only when you are alert, not sleepy or drowsy from medicine or alcohol.
- Check with your local fire department for any restrictions before using a barbecue grill, fire pit, or chimenea.
- Check your school's rules before using electrical appliances in your room.
Smoking Sense: If you smoke, smoke outside and only where it is permitted. Use sturdy, deep, non-tip ashtrays. Don't smoke in bed or when you've been drinking or are drowsy.
Candle Care: Burn candles only if the school permits their use. A candle is an open flame and should be placed away from anything that can burn. Never leave a candle unattended. Blow it out when you leave the room or go to sleep.
- Fires are more common during the evening hours, between 5-11pm, and on weekends.
- Cooking equipment is the cause of about three-quarters of fires, and more fire begin in a kitchen or cooking area.