Fires are among the most common hazards on college campuses. Even when extensive fire prevention measures are in place, fire can strike anywhere, at anytime. According to the National Fire Protection Association, colleges and universities across the United States average more than 3,300 fires per year, most of which occur due to a general lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention.
USC has implemented a wide range of safeguards to lower the risk and the potential repercussions of fire on campus. The Office of Fire Safety and Emergency Planning, the Division of Student Affairs, the Department of Public Safety, and USC Housing all work in concert to help ensure a fire-safe environment for students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. Still, it is everyone's responsibility to reduce fire hazards and keep USC as safe as possible from the threat of fire.