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VIDEO: MSU Students Watch Dorm Rooms Burn Down

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VIDEO: MSU Students Watch Dorm Rooms Burn Down

By Chase Snider. CREATED Aug 19, 2013

As thousands of students return to college campuses across the Ozarks, many of them will be leaving the familiar routines of home to live in dorm rooms. 

The Springfield Fire Department teamed up with Missouri State University earlier this month to show students just how quick those flames can spread.

 VIDEO: Dorm Room Fire Demo At MSU

Life Saving Tips To Help Your Student Get Out Alive

Springfield Fire Department Fire and Life Safety Educator Cara Erwin also shared the following tips with KTTS News on how to make sure your student escapes safe and sound should flames ever break out.

  • Learn your evacuation plan. Each college building has one. Learn it and be sure to participate in fire drills as if it were the real thing.  
  • When living in off-campus housing, make a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room and an outside meeting place. Practice it at least twice a year.
  • Learn the location of all ways out of your building. Make sure all windows and doors open easily.
  • When the smoke/fire alarm sounds, get out quickly and stay out.
  • Don’t burn candles or use space heaters in students housing. They’re just too dangerous and chances are, they’re not allowed anyway.
  • Don’t smoke inside and use caution when smoke outdoors. Be sure to use a deep ashtray and make sure the cigarette is completely out.
  • If you live in a dorm, don’t tamper with smoke alarms and sprinkler heads. If you live off-campus, make sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every level, inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area. Test them monthly and change the batteries yearly.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking and never cook when intoxicated.

For more tips, click here.

Chase Snider

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