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Activities of Dormitory Fire Victims at Time of Fire

Other Escaping Sleeping Fire control

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In addition, excessive use of alcohol preceded numerous cases of dormitory,

fraternity, and sorority house fires according to Bryan (1997). The use of alcohol, with

restrictions, is allowed in many of the dormitories at CSUF. The use of drugs may also

be a common activity. Resident advisors at the dorms of CSUF were asked if students

could be found intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. The chart below indicates

fairly positive answers (Specific results of the survey given to CSUF resident advisors

may be found in Appendix B).

Students can be found intoxicated or under the influence of drugs at CSUF Dorms

12 10 8 6 4 2 0

Strongly Disagree

Disagree Somewhat Agree

Agree

Strongly Agree

Naylis (2000) and Brannigan (2000) discussed the problem of students being

reluctant to evacuate dormitories following the sounding of a fire alarm. Such situations

are often due to repeated false alarms. The survey of resident advisors at CSUF asked

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