Deputy Chief Michael Makuch, UConn’s fire marshal, and Alan Zygmunt, a part-time fire safety educator and captain with the Southington Fire Department, talk about what you need to know to stay safe and prevent fires in college dormitories. September and October are the peak months for fires in college housing.
Here are some tips from the two to keep your dorm safe from fires:
- Avoid using lighted candles.
- Do not leave candles unattended.
- Keep candles away from draperies and linens.
- Cook only where it is permitted.
- Keep your cooking area clean and uncluttered.
- If you use electric appliances, don’t overload circuits.
- Never leave cooking unattended.
- If a fire starts in a microwave, keep the door closed and unplug the unit.
- If you smoke, smoke outside.
- Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out. Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.
- Be alert – don’t smoke in bed! If you are sleepy or have been drinking, put your cigarette out first.