Student / Residential Fire Safety

Student / Residential Fire Safety

Each year college and university students, both on and off campus, experience fire related emergencies. There are several specific causes for fires on college campuses, including cooking, intentionally set fires, and open flame. The Student / Residential Fire Safety provides information on fire safety and prevention for students, residential advisers, and building managers.

Department Contact

Mark Collins
Associate Director of Facilities & Life Safety
617.496.7168

Did You Know?

Candle fires are the fourth leading cause of campus fires behind cooking, arson, and smoking. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that 20 percent of university housing fires in bedrooms are started by candles.

Candles remain a key ignition source for campus fires despite the fact that candles are now banned at most colleges. More than half of all candle fires occur when a combustible material is too close to the candle, with the most common materials being bedding and curtains. Falling asleep is a factor in a quarter of candle fire fatalities — extinguish all candles before going to sleep.