Vaping in residence halls causes increasing number of fire alarms – The Post

For many Ohio University students who live on campus, fire alarms are a regular occurrence. 

Various acts can set off an alarm — cooking, aerosol spray, burnt popcorn or vaping. 

During the 2016-17 academic year, the Athens Fire Department responded to 165 fire alarms in residence halls. Gamertsfelder Hall had the most, with 30 alarms. Pickering Hall has had the most alarms so far in 2017-18, with a total of 32 as of Nov. 29. The average response time for the fire crew was 5 minutes. 

Steam from showers or burnt food often trigger fire alarms, but the cause for the vast majority of fire alarms is unknown. Out of 165 alarms, 44 were of unknown cause.

Twenty fire alarms went off during the 2016-17 academic year due to burnt popcorn. Eleven more were due to aerosal spray. Two were system malfunctions. One was due to a Keurig coffee maker, one was due to a burnt Twinkie in a microwave and one cause was listed as “film crew.”

One increasing cause of fire alarms is use of vape pens.

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