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Advice for Students

Fire safety advice for students

At university, you're probably preoccupied with new timetables and getting reacquainted with mates and the student union. Things like cleaning rotas, bills or crucially, fire safety, may not be top of your agenda. But as partying, smoking and drinking can be part of student life, you may be at a greater risk from fire.

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An average of 5 people aged 17-24 are killed or injured by fires each day, and you're more than twice as likely to die in a fire if you don't have a working smoke alarm. It's therefore essential that you make sure you have alarms in your home or accommodation and that you check them regularly.

Take extra care if you smoke when you have been drinking and be careful if you fancy chips in the middle of the night – a third of all deep frying injuries occur between 10pm and 4am!

Here are the Fire Kills campaign's top tips for ensuring you stay safe from fire in your student accommodation:

  • Make sure you have smoke alarms fitted on each level of the house and test them weekly
  • If you have a solid fuel burning combustion appliance, you should have a carbon monoxide alarm
  • Take extra care with cigarettes and smoking materials and never smoke in bed - making sure when you finish a cigarette, you 'put it out - right out!'
  • Check your furniture has the fire-resistant permanent label
  • Plan and practice an escape route with your housemates
  • If a fire starts get out, stay out and call 999

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force on the 1 October 2015 that will require landlords to install and check smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms. More details about this legislation can be found on our Private Landlords page. 

If you are unsure about any of the above, you can register for a free home fire safety check or call our free 24hr fire safety helpline 0800 3581 999 if you need any further help. Always dial 999 in an emergency. 

Check out other relevant fire safety information via the direct links below: