College students should keep fire safety in mind when heading back to campus.
TOPEKA – To raise awareness of the need for students and faculty to take fire safety seriously, Governor Sam Brownback has declared September as Campus Fire Safety Month.
The beginning of a new school year means classes, friends, sporting events, activities and parties. With such hectic lives, college students often don’t pay attention to one thing that could kill them: accidental fires. As the new school year begins, the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) wants to remind students to take action to protect themselves and their friends from fire.
According to Campus Firewatch, since 2000 there have been 162 deaths as a result of campus-related fires, with four out of five of these deaths occurring in off-campus homes, where a vast majority of the nation’s 18,000,000 students live.
The common factors associated with a number of these fires include:
- Lack of automatic fire sprinklers
- Missing or disabled smoke alarms
- Careless disposal of smoking materials
- Impaired judgment from alcohol consumption
- Fires originating on upholstered furniture or decks or porches
“Many college students do not realize how quickly a fire can occur, and perhaps for the first time in their lives they are the ones in charge of ensuring they are living in a fire-safe environment,” said Doug Jorgensen, Kansas Fire Marshal. “Students need to realize that they are not invincible, that fires do happen, and that they can take steps to protect themselves – no matter where they live.”
For more tips on fire safety, visit the College & University page on the OSFM’s website.