Mallick also found student handbooks and fire safety regulations being used by
some universities. Such handbooks specify exactly what behavior and practices are not
allowed on the premises. A new strategy involves using fire safety education as a
marketing tool to attract students and parents to an institution. When prospective
students and their parents tour the campus, the fire safety features of the dormitories are
emphasized. Such emphasis makes fire protection, including equipment and systems,
competitive marketing tools.
In summary, policies and procedures should key on fire prevention, occupant
awareness and training, fire detection and alarm, and fire suppression. Student
handbooks on behaviors and products to be avoided have been used. Information
including a training video is available through the National Fire Academy. Some
colleges have developed fire safety units to augment fire prevention efforts; however, the
need for periodic inspections in student housing exists to ensure fire safety is being
Definition of Terms
Automatic Sprinkler System.
A system of water pipes, discharge nozzles,
and control valves designed to activate during fires by automatically discharging enough
water to control or extinguish a fire.
Central Station Alarm System.
An alarm system used to protect large
commercial complexes including college campuses. Each building is wired into a
common receiving point located away from the facility.