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Kitchen fires — a student rite of passage?

Now then. I don’t want to get a reputation for falling back on tweets to form blog posts, however, the number of tweets I’ve found on this subject is so staggering, that I just couldn’t help myself.

As some of you will know, in October last year a blaze at a block of student flats operated by Bristol University started when an unattended pan of hot oil caught fire. Luckily, residents escaped unharmed but the incident left 120 fresher students homeless.

There are people tweeting nearly every day about setting off fire alarms in their halls or starting a fire in the kitchen, sometimes within hours of each other. And this is from universities across the UK. Something of a ‘hot’ topic, if you will.

Let’s have a look at what people are saying, shall we?









This is just a tiny, tiny glimpse. A scratch on the surface within just five minutes of looking on Twitter Search.

It seems that having a kitchen fire in halls of residence is as much a rite of passage as moving away from home for the first time, freshers week, dorm parties or stealing a traffic cone to wear as a hat. Looking at these tweets, it’s no surprise that students are seven times more likely to have a fire.

Statistics show us that over 80% of students admit to taking unnecessary risks when living in halls including things like ‘drunk frying’, misuse of appliances and drying clothes over a heater. All very common. All very risky.

While it’s impossible to stop students from having a 3 am fry-up you can reduce the risk with proper precautions such as making sure that smoke detectors are functioning, fire exits are kept clear and, of course, that your fire doors are up to scratch.

If you would like help reducing the chances of this happening at your university, I can help. I am @That_Fireco_Guy.

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