More and more college students are choosing off-campus housing. Affordability, convenience, and amenities are just a few of the reasons why apartments and condos have become more popular than traditional dorm rooms. But what safety measures are taken? You may have heard stories in the news about fires in off-campus housing. The local fire department will be there quickly if a fire occurs but there are also some things students can do to stay safe.  Lancaster County Fire Rescue has four things to keep in mind:

  1. Test your smoke alarms regularly – While a college or university will handle the testing of the alarms in each dorm, that may not be the case in a rental property. Take the initiative to check your smoke detectors on a regular basis. Check your carbon monoxide detectors, too.
  2. Ask about fire restrictions – Ask your landlord about their fire policies. Grills, fire pits, and campfires may be forbidden. You may not agree with the rule but it’s there to reduce the risk of a fire that could spread through the property.
  3. Never cook when tired – Late night studying can lead to hunger – and exhaustion. However, one of the most dangerous things a sleepy college student can do is cook. Many house fires stem from tired people trying to make a meal. Stay safe and cook when you’re awake.
  4. Create a fire safety plan – Finally, it’s important that you come up with your own fire safety escape plan. Some apartment complexes have a fire safety plan in place. Regardless, you should always be prepared on how to evacuate safely in the event of a fire.

As your local fire department in Lancaster County, SC, our firefighters value your safety. Contact the volunteer firefighters of Lancaster County Fire Rescue for fire safety advice and help when you need it.