Fire is a real and constant threat to the welfare of college/university students. Building designers plan for fire safety in the construction and renovation of campus buildings. Occupants must be aware of the fire protection features of their buildings and be careful not to undermine their purpose. However, in addition, occupants must know and practice fire safe behaviors by identifying hazards and using appropriate preventative measures. The building may be constructed to the highest standards, but it is only as safe as the behaviors of the occupants. Members of the college community must know and practice fire prevention. In addition, should a fire occur, occupants must be thoroughly familiar with and have practiced evacuation procedures. In addition, each member of the campus community must take responsibility for fire prevention as an element of his or her own safety and that of others.


Mark Salmon,
Emergency Management/Fire Safety Specialist
EVMS Fire & Life Safety