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The Panther's Guide to Living Off Campus

» Safety & Prevention

Fire and Life Safety

The Basics

  • 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.

Top 5 Tips for Preventing Fires

  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 situation 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.

There’s an App for That

Make sure to download the Panther Guardian app to communicate with Public Safety 24/7. Search ‘Rave Guardian’ in the app store and register with your Chapman email address.

Operation Safe Ride – (714) 997-6680

Public Safety offers students safe rides home during the hours in which safety is of the utmost concern.

  • Monday–Wednesday: 7:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m

  • Thursday: 7:30 p.m. to 1:45 a.m.

  • Friday–Saturday: 7:30 p.m. to 2:15 a.m

Officers also provide escorts outside of these hours if requested by someone who feels the need for one.


  • North to Katella Ave.
  • South to Almond St.
  • East to Tustin Ave.
  • West to Batavia St.

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. 

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