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.
10) Overcrowding.
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

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.
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