Three students sit outside of the Digital Media Arts Center at Chapman University
The Panther's Guide to Living Off Campus

» Safety & Prevention

Fire and Life Safety

  • The Basics
  • Top 5 Tips for Preventing Fires
  • Reminder
    • Create an escape plan. Always know two ways out and keep them clutter-free and unobstructed.
    • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Make sure alarms are installed in each room, outside every sleeping area, and on each level of your apartment or house. 
    1. Smoke outside and make sure to put all cigarettes out.
    2. Maintain a clean cooking area that is free of items that catch on fire easily.
    3. Never leave candles or incense unattended.
    4. Turn off portable space heaters every time you leave the room or go to sleep.
    5. Make sure power strips are designed to handle what you will be using them for.
  • Some landlords try to utilize rooms not intended for sleeping. Before you sign a lease, make sure the space you are renting is truly a bedroom.

Public Safety Tips

24/7 Dispatch - (714) 997-6763

If a student or person seems suspicious, Public Safety is here to help. Make sure to program their number into your phone and remember: if you see something, say something.

Toggle Section

Quick Tip

Ask your landlord to provide a fire extinguisher for the kitchen — and learn how to use it! Free training is provided by Chapman Fire & Life Safety. 

Register at