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September is Campus Fire Safety Month

Post Date:08/30/2018 2:05 PM

The Wilmington Fire Department is recognizing Campus Fire Safety Month by sharing critical safety information with UNCW students. Students – and residents – should keep these six safety tips in mind:

  • Fire sprinklers. Fire sprinklers work fast to extinguish fires. Never touch them or hang anything from them. 
  • Smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be located in sleeping areas, outside sleeping areas and on every level of the house or dorm. When an alarm sounds, ALWAYS GET OUT and STAY OUT until the Wilmington Fire Department issues an all-clear. Never remove batteries from a smoke alarm -only working smoke alarms save lives. 
  • Cooking fires. Cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires in Wilmington. Roughly 6 out of 7 fires in dorms are started by cooking. Never leave cooking food unattended. 
  • Exits. Always know two ways out of every room (bedrooms, bars, classrooms, restaurants.)
  • Candles. Candles are dangerous. Never leave a lit candle unattended and keep them away from things that can burn like magazines. 
  • Smoking. Smoking is the #1 cause of fatal fires in Wilmington. Smoking should be done outside and away from buildings and things that can burn like pin needles and leaves. Use water to completely extinguish cigarettes and never smoke in bed.