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Peak Months for Fires in College Housing

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), September and October were identified as peak months for fires in college housing. Make sure your kids stay safe this semester...

In a report released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), September and October were identified as peak months for fires in college housing. According to the report "Structure Fires in Dormitories, Fraternities, Sororities, and Barracks," in 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 3,810 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. As college students settle into housing at school or off-campus, reviewing safety tips is a valuable way for them to remember what actions can be taken to prevent fire and how they can prepare to escape if one occurs. Being sure that smoke alarms are working, and having and practicing a fire escape plan is vital.

Roughly 70 percent of fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks began in the kitchen or cooking area. Seven percent of fires started in the bedroom, but these fires were responsible for 27 percent of injuries and 21 percent of property damage. The report also noted that fires are most common in the evening hours, between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. and on weekends.

Main-Transit Fire Department offers safety tips for college students living in on- or off-campus housing:

  • Look for fully sprinklered housing when choosing a dorm or off-campus housing.
  • Make sure your dormitory or apartment has smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level. For the best protection, all smoke alarms should be interconnected so that when one sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least monthly.
  • Never remove batteries or disable smoke alarms.
  • Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.
  • Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.
  • If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.
  • If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.
  • When the smoke alarm or fire alarm sounds, get out of the building quickly and stay out.
  • Cook only where it is permitted.
  • Cook only where it is permitted.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Check your school’s rules before using electrical appliances in your room.
  • Use a surge protector for your computer and plug the protector directly into an outlet.



Main-Transit Presents Comedy Night featuring Rob Lederman and two guest comedians

The Main-Transit Fire Department will host a comedy night fundraiser featuring Western New York funny man and owner of Rob's Comedy Playhouse, Rob Lederman.

Catering will be provided by Orazio's Restaurant with cocktails at 6:00 PM and a buffet style dinner at the Main-Transit Banquet Facility, 6777 Main Street, Amherst, NY.

Tickets will be $30 and include two free drinks with one dollar drinks thereafter. All proceeds to benefit the Main Transit Fire Department,

Tickets will sell fast! For more information email: tickets@mtfd.com or call the Main-Transit Fire Department for more info at (716) 632-9710 x113.


The Main-Transit Fire Department has been serving the town of Amherst, New York in Emergency Medical, Fire and Motor Vehicle Rescue Services. The Main-Transit Fire Department is a 100% volunteer organization. We also work with several other agencies throughout the Western New York area in times of need. Main-Transit has been proudly serving the Amherst, NY community since 1936, to learn more please visit www.MTFD.com or call us at (716) 632-9710. 

Spring Fire Safety Tips

Spring has arrived, and with spring cleaning comes a timely reminder to take steps to keep your home safe from the threat of fire!

Here's a refresher on fire safety tips that should be followed year-round to make home fires less likely to happen:


FACT: Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

  • Ensure smoke alarms are installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Test them at least once a month by pushing the test button.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.


FACT: The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them.

  • Clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
  • Always stay in the kitchen when frying on the stovetop.


FACT: Extension cord fires outnumbered fires beginning with permanent or detachable power cords by two-to-one.

  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use.
  • Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.


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