Electrical Safeguards for Dorm Rooms

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

it may be hard to believe but it is already time for school! If you have a teenager or 20-something that just moved into the dorm, or a student living in their first apartment, you can help them keep their living area safe. Fire departments respond to an estimated annual average of 3,870 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks, according to the National Fire Protection Association. How can you help keep them safe?

-Don’t put cords underneath carpets and doors.59c19d34b2d4f7524bac65a7c3135674

-Don’t connect several extension cords.

-Keep in mind that extension cords wear out after awhile and should not be used as long-term solutions when there isn’t an outlet available.

-Don’t overload outlets, power strips, or extension cords. This can be easy to do with all of the laptops, cell phones, tablets, TVs and other technology that they’ll want to plug in.

-Make sure the correct light bulbs are used for lamps.

-Be careful with cooking equipment! Most of the fires at college are due to cooking. Find out what is and is not allowed in the dorm (as many have very strict rules) and always follow the appliance instructions and unplug when not in use.

-Avoid using candles (again, they may be prohibited anyway).

-If you have any questions, be sure to ask. Many dormitories have older wiring, so a resident advisor may be able to tell you what to expect.

-Lastly, it doesn’t hurt to keep you eyes safe also. Make sure to have some good lighting for that late-night studying! Point a lamp with an opaque shade directly at the desk.

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