Watch and share this short video for college students on nightclub safety “A Survival Guide to Getting In and Getting Out”. Young adults worry about getting into the hot clubs, but we want them to make a plan to get out in case of danger.

Nightclub safety has been important in Massachusetts since the 1942 Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire occurred in Boston, killing 492 people. Most of today’s college students were infants when the 2003 fire at The Station Nightclub in Rhode Island killed 100 people including 30 MA residents. Many changes in laws, and fire and building codes came about as a result of that tragic fire including installing sprinklers in bars and clubs that hold more than 100 people and trained crowd managers must be on site when clubs are open.

The Department of Fire Services received a Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) FY14 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to promote Nightclub safety in through training, inspections and education.


The Massachusetts Fire Academy is currently offering  a 4-hour formal classroom training to educate fire officials, building officials, bar owners and operators, and certified crowd managers on how to create a physically fire safe environment for patrons of nightclubs, bars, and discotheques. Topics included in the training are the requirements of crowd managers, open egresses, proper exit lighting, working fire extinguishers, occupancy limits and overcrowding, fire alarm and sprinkler systems, commercial cooking systems, proper record keeping, and the ticketing and the court process.


Joint inspections of nightclubs between the DFS’ Fire Safety Division and local fire officials are being conducted throughout the Commonwealth. Inspections are valuable to both local fire officials and club owners to ensure proper fire safety within these establishments. Trained crowd managers must be on site when clubs are open. Crowd manager training is free of charge and available online.


Young adults attending nightclubs and bars throughout the state need to learn to make an exit strategy by taking notice of all possible exist including first floor windows. Everyone should remember that the best exit to use in an emergency may not be the way you entered. Watch the Nightclub Survival Video and go to our College Fire Safety page for more on- and off-campus fire safety resources including the BestRoommatesEvah!  Campaign that focuses on working smoke alarms and two ways out.