According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 3,800 university housing fires occur each year in the United States, causing five deaths, 50 injuries and $26 million in property losses.
There are various causes of campus fires, but the fundamental issue is general lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention.
Cooking is the leading cause of fires, over 83%, followed by arson, open flame, heating, and unintentional or careless behavior.
Alcohol abuse is often a factor in campus fire fatalities. Alcohol can impair judgment and hamper evacuation efforts.
Students can prepare for a safe new life away from home by following a few simple guidelines.