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Smoking & Home Fires

Careless Smoking

Every year, men, women and children are killed in home fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials. Most victims of smoking related fires never thought it could happen to them. These fires can affect not only the smoker, but others living in or next to the home at the time of the fire.

Careless Smoking Prevention


College Safety Tips

Across the nation, students are going off to college and moving into residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and off-campus housing. It is a critical time for young people who are living away from home, many for the first time. It is still possible to enjoy college life and be informed and safe during these critical years.

College Safety Tips
College Drinking Prevention
Legal Consequences of Underage Involvement with Alcohol

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Heat Awareness

Heat is one of the leading weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.

Please visit these links, for Heat Safety Information:
Fire Medical's Heat Safety Tips
National Weather Service


Back-to-School Safety

As summer winds down and the school year starts, it is time to remind parents and students about back-to-school safety. Here are some resources to help you plan a safe school year:

Back-to-School Safety
Back-to-School Fire Safety
Sparky's Back-to-School Safety Tips


Fire Chief's Message

Welcome to Lawrence, KU and Haskell students! We are glad to have you in our community. As you move into your dorms or apartments for the new school year, we hope that you will keep your personal safety in mind. The Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department is available to provide assistance both before and during any emergency that might occur, but if you will follow the important safety tips below we know you can have a great school year.



Fire-Safe Living Environment

  • Make sure you have a working smoke detector/alarm in each living area and bedroom or, that you can hear the building alarm from your dorm room.
  • Know your building’s fire escape/evacuation plan or develop a plan with at least two ways out for your apartment. Involve your roommates so everyone will be safe and let us know if you need help with the plan.

Safe Cooking and Grilling

  • Stay in the kitchen and stay alert the entire time the stove is on!
  • Lawrence prohibits grills and any open-flame cooking devices on apartment balconies unless the balcony is protected by an automatic sprinkler system, so plan your BBQ’s at least 10’ away from all buildings.

Candle Care

  • Never leave candles unattended; blow it out if you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Keep candles away from anything that can burn; remember, it’s an open flame!

Smoking Sense

  • If you smoke, smoke outside and only where permitted.
  • Use sturdy, deep, non-tip ashtrays and keep cigarette ashes and butts away from groundcover.

Fires are more common during between the hours of 5-11pm and on weekends, so be aware of what’s going on around you and if you hear the smoke alarm or fire alarm, get out of the building quickly!


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