Following a significant fire which occurred in off-Grounds housing in January 2013, the University’s Fire Safety office along with Charlottesville’s Fire and Neighborhood Development Services departments began the annual "Stop and Knock" program. The fire, which began in the early morning hours in upholstered furniture on the porch of a house on Wertland Street, displaced 11 students and caused major damage to their belongings, the house and several parked cars – fortunately, there were no injuries.

"Stop and Knock" involves University Fire Safety officers, City firefighters and property maintenance inspectors going door to door through off-Grounds areas with high concentrations of student residents, delivering information on smoke alarms, exit planning, stove fires, property maintenance issues and other general safety messages.

"Stop and Knock" usually occurs over 2 or 3 evenings in the autumn, and covers several City neighborhoods.

View the "Stop and Knock" team in action. Video: wmv | mp4

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515 Edgemont Road
P.O. Box 400322
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4322
PHONE 434.982.4911
FAX 434.982.4915
One Morton Drive
Suite 320
P.O. Box 400333
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4322
PHONE 434.243.1711
FAX 434.243.1735
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