Many of you as readers of this blog are parents; many are parents of current college students. As all parents know, the job of watching over your children never ends – no matter how old they get.  As a mother myself, I understand the feeling firsthand. In this issue, I want to speak to you about the students on your own campus and about the importance of fire safety on campus.

What does a conversation about fire safety sound like? For starters, do you know if your students have up to date fire extinguishers in their dorms or apartments?  If so, do they know how to use it?  Do they know how best to get out of any building on campus using a route other than the elevator?  These sound like simple questions, but they are very important ones to ask.

During the last academic year, no college-related fire deaths occurred in the United States, we, as campus leaders must continue to talk about this important subject in order to keep this critical number at zero.

Thanks to awareness campaigns, the number of campus deaths is dropping. However, don’t ever take for granted that your students have the information they need to stay safe.  You must always teach, always provide tools, and always encourage them to be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Fire Safety education is proven to save lives, yet many college students rarely hear about it and it is rarely discussed. Many students haven’t received formal fire safety education since the “Stop, Drop and Roll” campaign taught in primary school.

Make sure your students know where the fire extinguishers are, make sure they understand the evacuation routes and ensure that they test their smoke alarms every single month. These simple tips can – and do – save lives. Check out this website for additional information and tools to help with campus fire safety.

Specific questions? Email Rachel Dobbs.

The information provided herein presents general information and should not be relied on as insurance advice when analyzing and resolving a specific issue. If you have specific questions regarding a particular fact situation, please consult with competent insurance brokers and/or legal counsel about the facts and laws that apply.