Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
On- and Off-Campus Housing Pose Fire Risks That Are Preventable
Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280
August 24, 2018 - As our young adults start another academic year at Michigan colleges and universities, State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer today urges students and their parents to make fire prevention a top priority and practice life-saving fire safety measures whether living on- or off-campus.
“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 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