Academics
Areas of Study

Consider these questions before signing a rental agreement:

  • Are smoke alarms installed, and do they work?
  • How old are the smoke alarms?
  • How often are the smoke alarms checked and batteries changed?
  • Are there at least two ways to exit your living space and building?
  • Do the upper floors have a fire escape or ladder available for each bedroom?
  • Are the living-unit doors rated for fire?
  • Are fire extinguishers available, and have they been tested within the past year?
  • Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher and which extinguisher to use on each type of fire?
  • Is there a sprinkler system installed?
  • Is the electrical wiring adequate?
  • Is the building regularly inspected by the local fire department or University authorities?
  • What is the owner’s policy for fixing reported safety problems in the building?
  • Has there ever been a fire in the building? What was the cause?
  • Does the residence have a gas or electric stove, and do you know how to use it correctly?
  • Where is the nearest fire hydrant?
  • Who is responsible for keeping the property cleared in winter?
  • Is the owner a member in good standing in a landlord/tenant association or similar?
  • Has the building been the subject of any safety complaints?

For more information, consult the National Association of State Fire Marshals.

Fire safety questions to ask before you sign a lease

Consider these questions before signing a rental agreement: Are smoke alarms installed, and do they work? How old are the smoke alarms? How often are the smoke alarms checked and batteries changed? Are there at least two ways to exit your living space and building?...

Commuter Programs

Resource Type: Safety & Preparedness

Fire Safety for Houses and Rooms

In the United States, more than 4,000 people die and 25,000 are injured every year in fires. Many of these casualties occur in the home. Often, surviving a fire is not a question of luck, but of planning ahead. The U.S. Fire Administration, part of...

Commuter Programs

Resource Type: Safety & Preparedness

Fire Safety for Apartment Buildings

The U.S. Fire Administration, part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, recommends taking the following steps to keep safe if you live and/or work in a high-rise building. NEVER lock or obstruct a fire exit, doorways, halls, or stairways. Fire doors provide a safe way...

Commuter Programs

Resource Type: Safety & Preparedness

Contact Us

Commuter Programs

Ely Center 103

(202) 510-9594

(202) 651-5144

(202) 651-5651

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed
Select what best describes your relationship to Gallaudet University so we can effectively route your email.
By submitting this form, I opt in to receive select information and deaf resources from Gallaudet University via email.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.