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College dorm fire safety

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SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Living in a college dorm is a fun and exciting time in a person's life, but it's also important to be responsible and safe while living alone. That's why knowing fire safety in a college door or off campus apartment is so important.

Toledo News Now's Amanda St. Hilaire was able to talk to Sylvania Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Froelinch during Your Morning to gather some important safety tips.  

Here are some tips on how to keep your dorm or off campus apartment safe:

  • Make sure you have a smoke detector on every level of the apartment and in each bedroom
  • Know what you are doing when cooking. If a grease fire happens, put a lid over the pan to extinguish it and not water.
  • Make sure your smoke detectors batteries are working

There is a 50 percent survival rate for people that have working smoke detectors in their homes and practice an escape plan. There is an 80 percent survival rate for people that have working smoke detectors with sprinklers in their homes.

Nearly 80 percent of fatal fires involving college students happen in off campus apartments.

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