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          September is Campus Fire Safety Month.   As students return to college campus’ we need to review the potential hazards of campus fires.  Every year fires on college campuses claim the lives of students.  Over 80 percent of fatal college fires occur in off-campus housing, so parents and students are encouraged to review fire safety rules prior to heading off to college this fall.

     “The speed of fire spread and hazards of the smoke are often underestimated,” stated Connecticut Fire Academy’s Public Fire and Life Safety Coordinator, Alan Zygmunt, “though we learned many of these lessons earlier in life, now is a critical time to review these lifesaving rules.”

   Parents and students are reminded to thoroughly inspect their dorm rooms both on and off campus to ensure they will be safe.  The safest dorms are those which are protected by a fire sprinkler system but also remember these basic fire safety rules;

  • Know two ways out of every room
  • Check your smoke detectors and make sure you can hear them
  • Crawl low in smoke
  • Pull fire alarm as you leave the building to ensure everyone knows of the danger
  • Call 9-1-1 from outside or a neighbor’s house
  • Never disable smoke detectors or sprinklers

     If review these safety rules, we can dramatically reduce the incidence of fires and prevent these tragedies.  For additional information see www.campus-firewatch.com.  The Connecticut Fire Academy is the teaching arm of the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control.  Part of their mission is educating the public in fire and burn prevention.