Students’ indifference to fire alarms concern Chapel Hill, UNC leaders

Fire department officials teach UNC students how to use a fire extinguisher during National Preparedness Month. September 22, 2022. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)


Students stand outside a UNC dormitory during a fire drill in August 2022. (Lauryn Lovett / Carolina Connection)

When a fire alarm sounds in a dorm, a lot of students assume it’s a drill and decide to stay put in their rooms.  But while the university does have a lot of practice drills – four in each building per year – many alarms are for real fires. And if students choose to snooze through them, they endanger their safety and that of firefighters.

Gerard Millman has more.


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