CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts designates September as “Campus Fire Safety Month.”
For many students, this is the first time they’ve lived on their own, whether it’s in a dorm or an off-campus apartment.
Fire Prevention Suggestions:
– Be careful with candles.
– Many colleges don’t allow open flames in residences, but if they do, blow them out when you leave the room.
– Many dormitories have communal laundry rooms. Students should clean the dryer filter screens after each load to avoid lint buildup.
At Springfield College, they practice fire safety all year round. “We have fire drills that will occur throughout the academic year, so when that happens, we expect for the students, when they hear the alarm go off, we expect them to exit the building as soon as possible and stay outside until we’ve gotten the all-clear,” said Tarome Alford, director of housing at Springfield College.
Some other tips: avoid overloading outlets and don’t use electronics with frayed cords