Campus Fire Safety PSA – Script Fires at U.S. college campuses are a deadly problem - on average ten students die annually in campus-related fires according to the Center for Campus Fire Safety. Four out of five campus-related fire deaths occur in off-campus housing, where approximately two-thirds of our students live. Alcohol was a factor in many of these fire-related deaths. Alcohol abuse impairs judgment and hampers evacuation efforts. Select a dorm or off-campus housing that has smoke alarms and fire sprinklers. These can reduce the risk of dying in a fire by 82 percent! An estimated 3,800 campus fires occur each year in the U.S. Cooking causes more than two-thirds of fire injuries at college campuses, followed by careless smoking, arson, unattended candles and the overloading of extension cords and power strips. Some fire safety tips that could save your life: Cook only where it is permitted and never leave cooking unattended. Don’t smoke, but if you must - only smoke outside of the building Don't overload electrical outlets. Never leave candles unattended and put them out after each use. Always have an Escape Plan and practice it. Look for an alternate exit from every room whether at a party or in class. If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit. These tips will help prevent needless injuries and even deaths. Fire is Everyone’s Fight!