Campus Related Fire Death Facts
- Every campus related fire death in the past five years nationwide has been in off-campus housing.
- Five college students aged 19-22 have died in Massachusetts off-campus housing fires in the last 10 years.
- Lack of working smoke alarms or a second exit was a factor in these deaths.
Protecting College Students from Fire
Massachusetts fire chiefs and college safety officials are working to draw attention to the need for working smoke alarms and two ways out of every room in all college housing.
- Landlords and colleges are responsible for providing safe housing that includes working smoke alarms and two ways out of every room.
- Students are responsible for maintaining safety in their housing: do not disable smoke detectors, do not hang items from sprinkler systems, do not block doors or windows.
- Students and parents concerned about college housing safety can contact the local building or fire department and request an inspection.
- Parents: Don’t let your student sleep for a single night in housing without working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. These are required by law. For the price of a pizza, you can purchase and install a working smoke alarm to give students early warning of danger.
College Fire Safety Campaign and Materials: Best Roomates Evah! Working Smoke Alarms and Two Ways Out
Fire, building, and college safety officials, and college fire safety advocates (NFPA, Campus FireWatch, Center for Campus Fire Safety) developed a college fire safety campaign called Best Roommates Evah: A Working Smoke Alarm and Two Ways Out. The campaign materials are available for local outreach and education efforts:
- Public Safety Secretary Bennett, College, Fire and Building Officials, Fire Safety Advocates Launch Campus Fire Safety Month and “Best Roommates Evah!” Campaign
- Best Roommates Evah! logo
- College Fire Safety Talking Points file size 1MB - Helpful statistics and talking points on college fire safety.
- Customizable local press release file size 2MB
- Videos to post online: Video PSA – Statewide version, Video PSA – Boston version
- College Fire safety PSA
- College Fire Safety poster - 8.5 x 11
- College Fire Safety poster - 2' x 3'
Education and outreach materials for fire educators, college residential advisors (RAs) and college health and safety officials to use to educate students and parents about safe college housing, both on and off- campus.
- See It Before You Sign It — In April, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, NFPA, USFA, and Campus Firewatch collaborated on a national campaign called See It Before You Sign It, to encourage parents to see the off-campus apartment where their child will be living.
- Campus Firewatch – Campus fire safety materials.
- Off-Campus Housing Fire Safety Checklist — Focuses on high-priority items that students and parents can take action on.
- MA Attorney General’s Office – Information on landlord and tenants rights including the Student Renter’s Guide.
- USFA Report on Campus Fire Safety — The U.S. Fire Administration’s in-depth analysis of fatal college-related fires.
- USFA Campus Fire Safety Materials — Resources for public outreach activities to keep college students safe from on- and off-campus housing fires.
- NFPA — Information about on- and off-campus fire safety.
- RA Fire Safety — The Michael H. Minger Foundation produced a series of posters, videos and an RA Guide to Teaching Fire Safety.
- The Alarming Truth — The Clery Center for Security on Campus produced a video called The Alarming Truth which is about a hypothetical, but reality-based story about a fatal off-campus fire. The video was produced by students.
- Center for Campus Fire Safety — Serves as a focal point for several organizations and is a clearinghouse for campus fire and life safety information. It also provides training to college health and safety officials.
- Home Safety Visits — The Vision 20/20 Project has a page focusing on developing and conducting a home safety visit program. This is helpful for fire departments conducting neighborhood sweeps.
- Student fire safety videos — The Michael H. Minger Foundation produced a series of short videos called Did YOU Know?, that features students giving fire safety messages. They are available for download or streaming.
- Fire Safety for Students with Disabilities — The Michael H. Minger Foundation has videos and a guide for teaching fire safety to students with disabilities.
- Monthly Themes — Each month, Campus FireWatch has a campus-related fire safety theme. Use the information to make fire safety a year-round issue.
- Tip-A-Day — During September, @campusfirewatch tweets fire safety information for schools and local officials to use in their Twitter feeds.
- Map of MA College-Related Fatal Fires — These incidents were identified by Campus FireWatch since 2000. The map can be embedded on your website.
- Community Service Projects — The Michael H. Minger Foundation did a series of community service projects where students worked alongside fire departments doing home safety visits. Materials include videos, handouts and an outline about how to conduct the program.