SAFE STUDENT HOUSING PROGRAMS
The Autumn season welcomes students to school and brings new residents to our neighborhood. The city of Norwood is proud of our partnership with Xavier University in improving safety for its students. The Norwood Fire Department is very active in promoting off-campus safety. Our department maintains an aggressive inspection program of our off-campus student housing on an annual basis. All property owners must comply with the Ohio Fire Code or face court action.
Some of the items that we inspect include:
1) Working smoke detectors inside and outside of all bedrooms and on each level.
2) Fire extinguishers located in the basement and every occupied level.
3) Means of egress.
4) Use of extension cords.
5) Electrical problems.
6) Storage issues.
7) Safe use of grills.
8) Safe use of fire pits.
9) Hazardous conditions.
Our fire crews do a complete walk-through of the building and premises. A list of violations is sent to the owner and our fire inspectors from the Bureau of Fire Safety re-inspect each property for compliance.
Talk to your landlord and ask if they have a current fire inspection. Call the Norwood Fire Department Bureau of Fire Safety at 458-4558 and find out if your residence is on our safe student housing list. Check your smoke detectors on a weekly basis. Be sure that your house is safe but don?t forget to ask your friends about their homes, especially if there is a chance you may stay overnight.
Make fire safety and prevention a priority this school year.
The Norwood Fire Department
SAFE STUDENT HOUSING PROGRAM
Do you live in an off campus residence and have concerns about fire safety? Do you plan to move off-campus next year to live with friends? You may want to consider choosing a rental property in the Cincinnati Safe Student Housing program.
What is the program? The Safe Student Housing Program is a voluntary program for landlords and tenants. This program aims to help college students find rental housing that has passed inspection by the Cincinnati Fire Department.
What should I ask my landlord? You should ask the landlord if the property has passed the city's free fire inspection. If not, request that your landlord add the fire inspection report as well as the Tenant Landlord Commitment (TLC) Addendum to your lease which both you and your landlord will sign.
Why is this necessary? Fire safety is a growing concern of the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Fire Department. Two UC students died in an off campus house fire in 2013. The Cincinnati community seeks to encourage fire safety improvements in rental properties.
Who should I call? Call 513-357-7585for a fire inspection. There is no cost to you or the landlord.
Visit www.cincinnatisafestudenthousing.com for tenant/landlord inspection checklists, fire safety tips, downloadable flyers, and more.