Burning room

O-Week Fire Safety Education

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home or apartment, you may have just two or three minutes to escape? Did you know that cooking left unattended is the cause of 52% of all cooking fires? Or that cooking fires account for 22% of all home fires?1

Laurier is committed to your safety. With so many students living together in the residence, apartments and houses, everyone plays an important role in fire safety and prevention. That's why Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management (SHERM), together with the municipal fire departments and key university stakeholders, is offering training and education to students on fire/life safety.

The following training sessions and events are scheduled during Orientation Week:

Fire Safety Awareness Training and Fire Extinguisher Training for Dons

Provides dons with basic fire safety knowledge. Dons will learn about fire safety plans, fire alarm procedures, their roles and responsibilities, prevention of fire hazards, and fire/life safety systems. Dons will also complete hands-on fire extinguisher training. This session is mandatory for all dons.

Brantford campus: Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, 9-11:30 a.m.
Waterloo campus: Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, 9-10 a.m. (theory); 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (practical)

International and LEAF Students Fire Safety Training

Provides participants with knowledge of kitchen fire safety and electrical safety. It reviews Laurier’s fire alarm procedures and teaches participants what to do if there is a fire in the kitchen. The session is open to students in the LEAF program, international students, and to students interested in learning more about kitchen fire safety.

Brantford campus: Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, 3-3:30 p.m.
Waterloo campus: Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, 11:30 a.m. - noon
Brantford campus (LEAF): Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Get Involved Fair Information Booth and Grease Fire Demonstrations

Information booths will be set up at the fairs to speak to students and answer questions about fire safety. Additionally, the Waterloo campus fair will feature grease fire demonstrations throughout the day.

Waterloo campus: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Brantford campus: Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Live Room Burn Demonstration and Grease Fire Demonstration

This dramatic live fire demonstration displays how quickly a fire can destroy a room, the importance of having an evacuation plan, the need to follow fire alarm procedures, and the effectiveness and importance of having working smoke alarms. A mock room will be built and furnished using typical residential materials and will be set on fire by Waterloo Fire Rescue. All first-year students at the Waterloo campus are required to attend this event. Community members are welcome to attend.

For more information, see the news release.

Northdale Campus Parking Lot, Waterloo campus
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, 5-6 p.m.

Residence Fire Safety Training

Students living in residence will learn about kitchen fire safety, fire alarm procedures, electrical safety, the prevention of fire hazards, and the prevention of nuisance fire alarms. All first-year students are required to attend.

Waterloo campus: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 (time to be determined)
Brantford campus: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 (time to be determined)

For additional information on any of the events above, please contact Philip Teskey, Emergency Management and Fire Safety Officer, at pteskey@wlu.ca.

1 Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management, n.d.