Fire Safety Checklist

No matter where you live—whether it’s in a chapter house, an apartment or a dormitory take a look around. How safe is your living environment? Are you putting yourself at risk for a fire? Are you preventing your brothers and your friends from quickly and safely evacuating your home in the event of a fire?

What to Do in the Event of a Fire

Time is the biggest enemy once a fire has started and escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for a house, apartment or dorm to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames.

Six Steps You Can Take to Prevent Chapter House Fires

1 Regularly inspect your chapter house, dorm or apartment for fire hazards. If needed, ask your campus safety office or local fire department for assistance.
2 Install battery operated smoke alarms on every level of your chapter house. Maintain and routinely test smoke and fire alarm systems.

Candles Are a Significant Fire Hazard!

According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 18,000 home fires started by candles were reported to public fire departments in 2002. This is important to note since almost two-thirds of students in the United States live off-campus in homes and apartments.

Does Your Chapter Haze?

Check the items you would label as hazing activities:

  • Requiring new members to wear specific clothing.

  • Forced calisthenics, e.g. sit-ups and push-ups, and purposeless runs for the sake of creating "unity."

  • Using obscenities, yelling, or screaming at pledges.

RMF Insurance Program Hazing Exclusion

Many of you are aware that hazing is not covered under the Risk Management Foundation insurance policy. Specifically, the policy states:

It is hereby understood and agreed that this insurance does not apply to BODILY INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE and/or PERSONAL INJURY arising directly or indirectly out of HAZING.