Campus Fire Fatalities Report Released by FEMA

The US Fire Administration, a division within FEMA, recently released a report analyzing fire statistics in University settings: “Campus Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings (2000-2015)“. The statistics are staggering, and illustrate that many students have lost their lives unnecessarily due to a lack of individual fire safety and prevention and a lack of fire protective devices (working fire alarms, smoke detectors and sprinkler systems).

Fires affecting college students predominantly occur on the weekends, and alcohol is often a contributing factor:



High Point University is committed to providing a safe environment for students to live and learn. Fire is one of the most likely hazards affecting the campus community so the University is committed to ensuring that buildings are protected as best as possible.


To highlight a couple of High Point University’s fire safety actions:

  • Fire alarm systems are installed in every residence hall on campus.
  • When a fire alarm occurs, both HPU Security and an outside alarm monitoring company receive the alarm. The High Point Fire Department has yet to arrive to a building fire alarm before Security officers since this system upgrade took place.
  • All new buildings are equipped with fully automatic sprinkler systems. 70% of students living on campus live in buildings equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • Fire extinguishers are installed in every residence hall, house or townhome/apartment.