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Fire Safety

Campus Fire Safety


September is National Campus Fire Safety Month

Provided by WV State Fire Marshal's Office

The Center for Campus Fire Safety has designated September as "National Campus Fire Safety Month" with the goal of raising national awareness about the importance of protecting our young adults. In West Virginia from January 2000 through December 2008, there were 96 reported fires with 1 fire death and over half a million dollars in total estimated property loss due to fire occurring in college housing such as dorms, fraternities, sororities and barracks.

"As college students are preparing to head to school this month, they really do need to keep in mind how important fire safety is to their survival - because fires kill no matter what your age," said West Virginia State Fire Marshal Sterling Lewis, Jr. "Parents owe it to their children to look for housing protected by residential fire sprinklers as well as smoke alarms. Having both reduces their children's chances of dying in a fire by 82%." The U.S. Fire Administration offers the following information:

THE FACTS

COLLEGE FIRE RISKS

How to reduce and prevent loss of life and property in on- and off-campus housing:

WHEN YOU MOVE IN:

DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR:

ESCAPE PLANNING:

NOTE: The Center for Campus Fire Safety is a non-profit organization devoted to reducing fires at campuses across the nation through education advocacy. A collection of free resources for campus fire safety professionals to use are available at the Center's website, including lesson plans, presentations and more. Visit the Center's website at www.campusfiresafety.org to learn more.


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