Everyone always thinks that it will never happen to them. However, the reality is that a fire really could happen to anyone.
To help you stay safe, Fire Protection Online have pulled together four tips on how to stay safe whilst at uni, from how to prevent a fire starting, through to how to stay safe should the unexpected happen.
1. Never leave cooking unattended
Whilst you might be busy with assignments, planning society socials, and a multitude of other activities, you should never leave your food cooking alone as it needs your full attention. That way, you’re on hand to prevent the food from burning, as well as taking action if things start smoking. If you’re tired, or are just a bit distracted, it’s far safer to order a pizza.
Anyone can easily put out a small pan fire with a fire blanket to prevent it from escalating. Your university accommodation is bound to provide one, along with a fire extinguisher too. Just make sure you know how to use them before you need them.
And if you’re buying fire safety equipment yourself, make sure it has the British Standard Kitemark.
2. Fire safety in your flat
Your own room may be the only privacy you have. But you’ll probably find that smoking is restricted for your own safety, and many campuses also don’t allow the use of candles and incense in their accommodation. Although they are calming and smell nice, they are a very common way for a fire to start. Instead, opt for the much safer, and longer-lasting, battery candles and reed diffusers.
Another commonplace, but hazardous, item is your hairdryer. After using your hairdryer or straighteners, make sure you place them in a safe place while they’re still hot. Try leaving them on a hard surface, rather than soft surfaces such as your bed, as this is much more likely to cause a fire.
Also, don’t forget to turn off chargers when they’re not in use, as these can start a fire when they overheat.
3. Smoke alarms do save lives
Statistics show that you’re far more likely to survive a fire if you have working smoke alarms. So make sure you test them regularly and ensure no-one takes the batteries out of them.
4. What if there is a fire?
If you spot a fire before the alarms sound, you should raise the alarm yourself. Or upon hearing the fire alarm, leave the building as quickly as possible. Even if it’s the second time that day, you must treat every evacuation as if it were a real fire.
When you move in, make an effort to learn the evacuation route and the assembly point so you can make a safe and swift exit without panicking.
By following these few tips, you can focus on having a good time and studying!
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