Off-Campus Fire Safety Tips

Off-Campus Fire Safety Tips

  • The majority of household fires begin because of cooking!
    • Always cook with a matching pot and lid
    • Never put water on a grease fire
    • Only use grills within designated distances of your house or apartment
  • The best way to prevent fires is to have a working smoke detector
    • SC Law requires landlords to provide smoke detectors in all rented spaces
    • Your smoke detector batteries should be changed every 6 months
    • There should be a working detector in every bedroom and in the common living space
    • You should regularly check your detectors by pressing the “test” button—if you don’t hear beeping, it’s not working correctly
    • Know where the fire extinguisher is located and know how to use it
  • Miscellaneous fire safety tips
    • Always use surge protectors instead of extension cords
    • Never “daisy-chain” or “piggyback” cords together
    • Never leave candles burning unattended
    • Always clean out the dryer vent in between loads of laundry
    • Regularly water any plants to avoid them drying out and becoming hazards
    • Know your nearest path to safety from every room in the house, and have a back-up plan in case that exit path is ever blocked