Olympia – The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office recommends parents discuss safe choices with their college students and avoid dangerous contributors to campus fires:
· Using alcohol or drugs. Students under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be slower to respond in an emergency.
· Smoking. In more than half the campus fires, smoking materials were identified as the source of ignition with smoking materials smoldering in a couch, either inside or outside the building.
· Cooking with toasters, toaster ovens, or hot plates in dorm rooms. Check with Residential Housing office for a list of appliances that are not allowed. And always watch what you cook.
· Be sure that all smoke alarms remain operational. Never disable smoke alarms to prevent nuisance or unintended alarms.
For more information, contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-596-3929.