Fire safety is the set of practices intended to reduce the destruction caused by fire. Fire safety measures include those that are intended to prevent ignition of an uncontrolled fire, and those that are used to limit the development and effects of a fire after it starts.
- A working Smoke Alarm can save your life by providing you with an early warning of a fire. Change the battery when the smoke alarm signals a low battery (when it chirps, for example). Never remove the battery from the smoke alarm to use with another electrical appliance.
- Carbon Monoxide detectors are required in all Massachusetts residential occupancies where the primary heating fuel is fossil fuel (fuel oil, natural gas, propane) and/or there are natural gas appliances, ie: stove/oven, hot water heater. If the building has an attached garage, a carbon monoxide detector is also required.
- Have an exit strategy. Know two ways out of your home or apartment. Remember, the way you entered the building may not be the closest or safest way out.
- Candles are the number one cause of fires in off campus student housing. Never leave a candle unattended.
- Check trash cans and upholstery for smoldering fires.
- Purchase Renter’s Insurance as it is inexpensive.
- You may have only minutes to escape a fire in a building. Exit the building as quickly as possible.
- Remember, you are responsible for your own safety.