Fire Prevention Week

Posted on behalf of Chernenko Wheatley, Employee & Labor Relations Manager 

Fire safety isn’t just for houses and businesses. Colleges and universities should also take fire prevention seriously. Here are some statistics from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):warningfire

  • From January to May 2015, there were 85 fatal fires in residence halls, fraternities and sororities, and off-campus housing, resulting in 118 fatalities.
  • Sprinkler systems were not present in any of the 85 fatal campus fires.
  • Smoking was the leading cause of fatal campus fires, accounting for 29% of them. Other leading causes included cooking, arson, unattended candles, and overloaded extension cords, power strips, and outlets.
  • Alcohol was a factor in 76% of fatal campus fires.
  • In 58% of these fires, the designated smoke alarms were either missing or inoperable, because they were disconnected or their batteries had been removed.
  • 94% of fatal college or university fires occurred off-campus.
  • 70% of the fatal fires occurred Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. 73% of the fatal fires occurred between midnight and 6:00 am.
  • 13% of fatal fires in campus housing occur in April, making it the peak month for campus fire fatalities.

****Samsung on Monday October 11, 2016 advised all customers to stop using the Galaxy Note 7 after it said it had received 92 reports of batteries in the smartphone overheating in the U.S., resulting in 26 instances of burns and 55 of property damage.


Concerning Green River College, each building has a fire alarm system with a systems panel indicating if a smoke detector is not working or if smoke is present. Campus Safety monitors the panels with a direct line to the fire department, and is ultimately responsible for system tests involving alarms and notices. Additionally, Green River’s Facilities Department performs necessary repair work, and conducts panel tests after any maintenance occurs.

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