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Massachusetts Announces Campus Fire Safety Month


According to the Boston Globe, public officials in Massachusetts have elected  September as Campus Fire Safety Month. This designation is an effort to raise awareness of fire risk factors for students who live in student housing while attending higher education institutions in the state.

Details of Campus Fire Safety Month

According to the Boston Globe, during the time frame of 2011 to 2015, there were 2,737 fires reported in related student housing that caused about $1 million in damages. Examples of these related to student housing are fraternities, sororities, and dorms.

Campus Fire Safety Month was not only a reaction to the amount of fires reported, but also because over the past decade there have been 5 college-related fire deaths in Massachusetts. Students need to be aware of potential fire risks to be proactive about their own safety.

Students who live in off-campus students housing are advised to exercise greater caution than their on-campus counterparts, though every student should be aware of potential fire risks. Some off-campus student housing may not be as up-to-date on their fire precautions as on-campus housing.

Some off-campus student housing may lack proper smoke and carbon monoxide alams, or even methods to escape in case a fire was to occur. The is little university officials can do for student’s safety when they live in off-campus housing, so students need to be extra vigilant for their own safety.

College Fire Statistics

According to fema.gov,

  • From 2000 to 2015, 94% of campus fires that were fatal were reported off-campus.
  • From 2000 to 2015, smoking caused 29% of campus fires that were fatal.
  • From 2000 to 2015, alcohol factored into 76% of campus fires that were fatal.
  • From 2000 to 2015. 58% of campus fires that were fatal had missing or tampered with smoke alarms.
  • In 85% of campus fires that were fatal, fire sprinklers were not present.

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