Prioritizing Fire Safety for Education Abroad Programs


There is much attention paid to health and safety on education abroad programs, however not much that specifically applies to fire safety abroad. Even modern European cities, which are often the most popular study abroad destinations, often have fire safety standards that are much lower than what we've come to expect in the United States. Labyrinthine, narrow, cobblestone streets in historic city centers frequented by students are often hard or impossible for fire trucks to quickly navigate. Many historic homes aren't equipped with fire alarms, smoke detectors, or sprinkler systems. Make sure your institution is able to educate students on these specific fire safety concerns and more and be proactive about working with your overseas partners to improve fire safety abroad. 

This resource will help you to:

  • Provide a template letter request for installing fire safety devices into student housing abroad
  • Discuss basic fire safety prevention and fire safety methods abroad and at home
  • Share fire safety resources with students in easy, effective ways

View the template letter Icon PDF 16

View the fire safety handout Icon PDF 16

View the presentation slides Icon PDF 16

Created for the 2016 Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado by:

  • Sarah Blanc, Santa Fe College
  • Reza Djahanshahi, Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation
  • Grace Flott, Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation
  • Robert Hallworth, George Washington University
  • Thomas Hayden, Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation