The College Fire Safety Program was specially designed for high school seniors who will be attending college in the fall. The program, originally created in 2007, was developed in response to the increasing number of campus fire incidents. Since the year 2000, there have been 171 fire-related college deaths. 17 of these deaths were students in Ohio. Unfortunate events on college campuses reminded us of the importance of campus fire safety.
The hope is to decrease the number of campus fire deaths by educating students about how to prevent fires from occurring and how to survive if one does occur. The campus Fire Program now serves as a model program distributed by the Ohio State Fire Marshall's Office.
The Springfield Township Fire Department shares some basic steps all students can take to ensure their safety when living off campus.
In case of a fire emergency, it is crucial to have two ways out of a room. Fires can be unpredictable, so every student needs a backup plan in case their first route of escape is blocked. Having two viable exits is a great start, but it is equally important to develop and practice an evacuation plan. Then, if an emergency situation were to occur, students would be prepared to act and feel comfortable with the plan. Finally, ensure that there are working smoke alarms in each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level of the house to warn students and give them as much time as possible to exit the building in case of a fire.
For further tips or questions on fire safety, contact Lt. Randy Miller at 513-522-1410.