Fire safety is not something students think about when they first come to college. For helpful tips on fire safety and protection, see below.
- Make sure you have smoke alarms and do not tamper with them.
- Know how to get to an exit from your bedroom. Know alternate exits and keep exit routes clear.
- Sleep with your bedroom door closed. This helps to hold back heat and smoke.
- Be careful using portable heaters and Do Not Smoke in bed.
- Do not keep newspapers around because they will burn quickly.
- If the same fuse blows all the time call an electrician and remove items from that outlet till you know it is safe.
- DO NOT store propane gas, lighter fluid, etc. (any flammable liquid) in your home.
- Before using a gas or charcoal grill on your patio or balcony, check with management or visit the Alachua County Fire and Rescue Web site for more details www.alachuacounty.us/government/depts/fr.
- Respond to all alarms it could save your life.
- Designate a meeting place outside so you will know if anyone is still in the house or apartment. If you are missing a roommate, let the police or fire rescue know; do NOT go back into a burning building.
- Plan a drill and see how long it takes you and your roommate to evacuate safely.