Student Fire Safety Week 25th September – 1st October 2023

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) are supporting Student Fire Safety week by encouraging students to consider fire safety in their new accommodation.

Student Fire Safety Week aims to reduce the number of false alarms in student halls caused by cooking left unattended and incorrect use of appliances.

Students going to university are commonly moving away from home for the first time and often have limited cooking experience or understanding of the dangers that can occur in the home.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service offer information to students to assist them in staying safe in the home, whether living in halls of residence or private rented accommodation for the first time or older students returning in their second and third years.

MAWWFRS offer the following advice about Fire Safety to students to assist them in staying safe:

  • Get to know your new property and develop an escape plan.
  • Test all your smoke alarms regularly, at least once a week.
  • Not to overload electrical sockets or adapters.
  • Never leave cooking unattended and keep appliances clean to prevent a fire from starting.
  • Switch off all electrical items when not in use.
  • Never charge electrical devices overnight.
  • Keep escape routes clear at all times.
  • Never ‘wedge’ fire doors open.
  • If a fire starts, get out, stay out and call 999.

For more information about Student Fire Safety please visit our website and keep an eye on our social media channels for useful hints and tips.