Student Fire Safety

 

For many students going to September, living in halls or shared accommodation is the first time they will be living independently. This comes with a huge responsibility to keep yourself or others safe. Things like cooking independently come with fire hazards. 

 

This article will look into the ways you can increase fire safety in your student property. 

 

Escape routes

 

It’s not the most exciting thing to do, but it is important that you and your housemates are aware of the safe escape route from your living area in the event of a fire. This may be a simple task if you live in a house. If you live in student halls or flats this may be more complicated. 

Ensure that your route is as efficient as possible, well lit, and uncluttered. There should never be things stored in the way of fire exits or fire escape routes. The evacuation route should end at a meeting point that is a safe distance away from the building and any other potential hazards.

 

Cooking

 

Moving away from home means that you will be feeding yourself. This will often involve the use of an oven, stove, or microwave. It goes without saying that cooking can be dangerous if the proper care and attention is not taken. There are many brigade call-outs for people who have not paid proper attention when cooking. Unfortunately, students are a common offender, trying to cook whilst drunk after a night out. Cooking whilst intoxicated is very dangerous and should not be attempted, no matter how simple the procedure may seem.

 

Sockets 

 

Remember to switch off all electrical sockets off at the plug before you go to sleep. This may be unrealistic for things such as fridges but appliances such as chargers, computers and gaming consoles can be turned off at the socket when not being used. This simple step can save energy and lives!

 

Smoke Alarms

 

Escape Route - Student Fire Safety

 

Ensure that a smoke alarm is fitted on each level of the property. Landlords or building managers are responsible for your building being appropriately fitted with the right alarms. These alarms should be tested once a week. If you notice a lack of alarms or a broken alarm, contact your landlord immediately. 

 

If you are a landlord, why not read our ‘Fire Safety for Landlords – Short Guide’ Here.

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