Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Life-saving preventive measures essential for on- and off-campus living
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September 1, 2017 - Gov. Rick Snyder today proclaimed September as Campus Fire Safety Month to raise awareness of the fire risks when living on or off campus and to urge young adults to practice life-saving fire safety measures as they start their academic year at Michigan colleges and universities.
“Having working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, along with knowing and practicing an escape plan are the most important factors in keeping college students safe,” said State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer. “Students need to ensure that where they are living is equipped with properly working smoke alarms, that they are tested monthly and have fresh batteries. Smoke alarms must never be tampered with.”
According to Sehlmeyer, common factors in on- or off-campus fires include: lack of a fire sprinkler system; missing or disabled smoke alarms; careless smoking; unattended candles; overloaded electrical circuits and extension cords; alcohol consumption which impairs judgment and hampers fire evacuation efforts; and fires originating on upholstered furniture and decks or porches.
Fire safety tips for all college students living on- or off-campus:
To read the U.S. Fire Administration’s report Campus Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings (2000-2015), go to: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/campus_fire_fatalities_report.pdf
For more information about fire safety go to the Bureau of Fire Services website at www.michigan.gov/bfs