Make sure that all Life Safety Systems (Fire Alarms, Sprinklers, Fire Escapes, Fire Extinguishers, and Emergency Exits) are in good working order.
Set a good example. When it comes to social gatherings, be responsible in your behavior.
Preventing fires can be done in a variety of ways.
Candles should not be used unattended or carelessly. Inside any Tufts University building, open fires are prohibited.
Grills should be at least 10 feet away from the home. Never keep a propane tank inside your house with a barbeque. Propane fumes are heavier than air, thus any leak would travel down to an ignition source, such as a pilot light or an electrical arc, and cause an explosion, killing everybody within the house.
Smoke and CO detectors should not be turned off. These are life-saving technologies that will alert you to a life-threatening situation. Carbon monoxide, sometimes known as the Silent Killer, is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that is the most common lethal result of fire. Tampering, covering, or disabling fire detection devices is a criminal crime that carries a penalty of up to a year in prison, a monetary punishment, and University disciplinary action.
Indoor smoking is not permitted. In all Tufts University facilities, smoking is prohibited. If a student smokes, he or she will be evicted from campus residence.
Cooking should never be left unattended. Residential fires are most commonly caused by cooking. Cooking when unattended raises the risk of a stovetop fire. Always keep an eye on what you’re heating and avoid overheating cooking oils. If a pan catches fire, carefully slip a cover over the pan to smother the flames. DO NOT put it in the sink or put water on it because the flaming oil will splatter and spread the fire to other areas.
While smoking in bed, drinking alcohol increases the likelihood of falling asleep. A high blood alcohol level hinders a person’s ability to react to a fire and safely evacuate in around half of those who die in student housing fires.
Assign a post-event inspection to an Event Monitor to ensure that all exits are clear, garbage is removed to the outside, and smoking materials are not tossed into trash or furniture.