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Governor proclaims campus fire safety month

8/26/2014

Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

TOPEKA -- Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation last week declaring September as Campus Fire Safety Month.

As college students settle into dormitories, residence halls and off-campus housing, State Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen urges students to take the threat of fire seriously. "Many students are living away from home for the first time and simply don't realize the fire risk," said Jorgensen. "Awareness and fire safety education of our college students are essential in reducing the number of fires, and are lessons that last a lifetime."

Now in its tenth year, National Campus Fire Safety Month has provided an opportunity for schools and communities across the nation during September to educate students about the dangers of fire and their role in creating a fire-safe environment.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) offers the following safety tips for students:

* Make yourself familiar with college or university policy on improper use of appliances, decorations, smoking, and candles.

* Familiarize yourself with what your response will be in the event of a fire and practice your response.

* Do not obstruct or disable smoke alarms or any other fire protection devices.

* Do not play jokes with fire alarms. False alarms get people hurt.

* Never neglect a fire alarm signal as a false alarm. Respond to every alarm as an actual fire event.

* Alcohol use has been strongly associated with fire fatalities.

* Take personal responsibility for your safety.

Additional information on campus fire safety is available online at www.campus-firewatch.com.

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