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Off Campus Housing Fire Safety

If you’re a student planning on living off campus this year or a parent that has a student looking to move off campus……then take 60 seconds to watch this video.  It may save a life!

This video is in memory of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students Lauren Peterson and Lacy Siddall who lost their lives in an off-campus housing fire on April 22, 2012. 
Read on to help prevent these tragedies from continuing. 

Fire Safety Tips for off campus housing. 

  • Make sure there is a working smoke detector in each room and on each level.  Make sure the batteries are changed every six months (Change them when you change clocks).  (Available at most home improvement centers)
  • Make sure you have a small fire extinguisher, fully charged and easy to access within the kitchen.  (Available at most home improvement centers)
  • Make sure there are two exits from the home or apartment. 
  • Be cautious of apartments that appear to have been modified, are in the basement level, or in the attic.  Some landlords make illegal modifications or living arrangements to capitalize on profit.  If find a place that doesn’t look safe, it probably isn’t. if the deal is too good to be true, it probably is. 
  • DON’T Cover smoke detectors or remove them.  They are there for a reason….to save your life!
  • If you smoke, smoke outside and dispose of the materials properly,
  • Minimize the use of candles and be cautious when you do.  Keep them away from pets, curtains or other combustible items. 

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"After the Fire"

a presentation by Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simon, survivors from the fire at Seton Hall University fire at Lincoln Theater previously held on campus.

To see the Trailer Video see the video below or go to the following link

Fire Safety Standards

All buildings on campus are equipped with fire alarm systems including pull stations, smoke detectors, fire doors, and/or fire warning alarms.  These systems report directly to the Public Safety dispatch center located in the Facilities Building above parking lot E.


  • Halogen lamps & candles are not allowed in residence halls or apartments.

  • Do not overload electrical outlets.

  • Electrical heaters are not allowed unless approved by administration.

  • The University has a no smoking policy in all University buildings including residence halls and apartments.

To report a fire, call the Public Safety emergency number 7777.  When a fire alarm is activated, the affected building(s) will be evacuated.  This evacuation is not optional.

Familiarize yourself with the evacuation plan established for your building and know the locations of:

  • fire exits

  • fire extinguishers

  • pull stations/boxes

  • smoke detectors

Getting out 

  • In the event of smoke or fire, contact Public Safety immediately.
  • Feel the door handle; if it is hot, do not open the door.  Go to the window and call for help
  • If the door handle is not hot, open the door cautiously.
  • Check for smoke or fire before leaving.

Using a fire extinguisher

To use a fire extinguisher without jeopardizing your own safety, follow these steps:

P = Pull the pin.  Some units require releasing a lock or stop latch by
       pressing a lever.

A = Aim the extinguisher nozzle at the source of the fire.

S = Squeeze or pull/press the handle.

S = Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the base of the fire until it is
      out.  If it does not extinguish immediately, leave the area and call
      for help.

All fires, even if burned out prior to discovery, must be reported to Public Safety and all fire extinguishers that have been used must be reported to Public Safety in order that they may be refilled.