Campus Fire Safety Awareness

Free Resources for Colleges and Universities


From January 2000 to May 2015, there were 85 fatal fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities and off-campus housing, resulting in 118 fatalities — an average of approximately seven per school year. Other nonfatal, but nonetheless dangerous, fire-related injuries are suffered by students and staff at institutions of higher education each year.

We believe that with enough knowledge, planning, and precaution, fire-related death and injury can be prevented. So, under funding from a Department of Homeland Security Fire Prevention and Safety Grant, we created The Alarming Truth  —  a short film on the importance of fire prevention and safety for college students, especially those living off campus.

As part of this initiative, we also created a screening guide which provides suggestions on how to use The Alarming Truth as a tool to teach fire safety to college-level students, especially those living or moving off campus. The guide includes a complete lesson plan that you can run as is, or you can draw from particular activities, resources and discussion questions in order to develop a program that will accommodate the needs of your institution.

Alarming Truth Screening Guide file
Alarming Truth Screening Guide – Plain-text file

Initiative Partners

Campus Firewatch
What they do: Work to improve fire safety at schools and in communities.
What to look for: A monthly electronic newsletter on campus fire safety and other fire safety resources.

Michael H. Minger Foundation
What they do: Raise awareness and standards of campus fire safety for all students and address fire safety issues specific to students with disabilities.
What to look for: Resources for fire safety education on campus, including RA guides and videos.

Philadelphia Fire Department

University of Pennsylvania

Rowan University

Usage Guidelines

As a national nonprofit, Clery Center strives to make many of its resources and programs free of cost and available to the public. If you would like to use or share any of these resources, please read our usage guidelines.