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New Canaan Fire Marshal Issues Safety Tips for College-Bound Residents

New Canaan officials are urging college-bound residents to keep fire safety in mind as they head off to live on their own, often for the first time in their lives. According to Fire Marshal Fred Baker, fire safety may be the last thing that families are thinking about during this exciting time of year, with teens headed off to school. “However, Fire Safety is very important—even more so—in dorms or apartment buildings with hundreds of young students,” Baker said in a press release. “Even more critical is ‘off-campus’ housing that may not be covered by campus housing rules as we were so vividly reminded by the tragic fire at Marist College in Poughkeepsie a few years ago.”

Here’s a list of fire safety tips from Baker:

Ensure that each sleeping room is equipped with operable smoke detectors. Candles are a leading cause of campus fires—never burn candles or other open flame devices in dorm rooms and common areas. Continue Reading →

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