Fire Safety in Student Housing

Going to college is an exciting time for students and their parents. Living in a new “home away from home” not only gives young adults more freedom to make their own choices, but it also provides them an increased level of personal responsibility while at school. When it comes to on- and off-campus housing, it’s important for students and parents to keep fire safety top of mind.


Fire Safety
Fire Safety

Here are some College Campus Fire Safety Facts:

  • From 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 4,100 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and other related properties. These fires caused annual averages of 35 civilian injuries and $14 million in direct property damage.
  • September and October were the peak months for fires in dormitory properties, and they are more common during the evening hours between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in nearly nine out of ten reported fires in dormitory- type properties (87%).
  • From 2000 – 2015, 89 fires that killed 126 people have occurred on a college campus, in Greek housing or in off-campus housing within three miles of the campus.

Of These:

  • 76 off-campus fires caused 107 deaths
  • 7 on-campus building or residence hall fires claimed 9 victims
  • 6 fires in Greek housing took the lives of 10 people
  • From January 2000 – May 2015 smoke alarms were either missing or tampered with (disconnected or battery removed) in 58 percent of fatal campus fires.
  • 94 percent of fatal campus fires occurred off-campus

Here are a few safety guidelines to remember while living on a college campus:

  • Follow ALL campus policies regarding fire safety and fire hazards.
  • Treat EVERY FIRE ALARM as though it is the real thing, EVACUATE always.
  • Never re-enter the building until the building is deemed safe to occupy.
  • Be extremely careful with all appliances in the dorm/apartment.
  • Report all fires small or large.

Report any issues with fire alarms or smoke detectors immediately!

Belmont University Office of Risk Management and Compliance strives to educate students, faculty and staff on these tips for fire prevention. The Office of Risk Management and Compliance urges everyone in the community to follow all safety instructions on and off of the university campus.