Fire Officials Hold Demo, Information Session to Help Students Make Dorms ‘Fire Safe'

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Officials are trying to prevent fires from happening on college campuses across New York.

The Office of Fire Prevention and Control held a demonstration and informational session at the Colonie Fire Training Center on Monday to help students and parents make their dorms “fire safe.”

The demonstration included a live simulation of a fire in a dorm room.

The idea is to make sure students are doing everything they can to stay safe.

Officials say nearly 4,000 fires happen at dorms and frat houses every single year.

Safety Tips

When selecting college housing, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control offers these tips:

  • Look for fully sprinklered housing when choosing a dorm or off-campus housing.
  • Make sure your dormitory or apartment has smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level. For the best protection, all smoke alarms should be interconnected so that when one sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least monthly.
  • Never remove batteries or disable the alarm.
  • Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.
  • If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.
  • When the smoke alarm or fire alarm sounds, get out of the building quickly and stay out.
  • During a power outage, use a flashlight. Never use candles.
  • Cook only where it is permitted.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Cook only when you are alert, not sleepy or drowsy from medicine or alcohol.
  • Check with your local fire department for any restrictions before using a barbeque grill, fire pit, or chimenea.
  • Check your school’s rules before using electrical appliances in your room.
  • Use a surge protector for your computer and plug the protector directly into an outlet.

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