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Are you or a loved one heading back to school? Keep fire safety and sprinklers in mind

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Por Fred Durso, Jr.

More than 70 students were packed into a Kansas fraternity house this week when a fire erupted on the third-floor living area. More than 30 firefighters responded to the blaze, which was initiated by the improper disposal of smoking materials, according to a story on FireEngineering.com. All occupants escaped safely.

The structure is no stranger to fire; construction on the bulding’s interior two years earlier initiated a previous blaze. The residents escaped injury, but others who have encountered fire have not been as fortunate.

The Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS) notes that there have been 86 fatal fires documented in Greek housing, college campuses, and off-campus housing since 2000 that have claimed more than 120 lives. The majority of those deaths occurred in off-campus settings.

CCFS is urging students, particularly those moving out of the dorms and into a house for the first time, to exercise caution and heed the lessons of previous tragedies. Install and maintain working smoke alarms, practice escape planning, and tout the importance of fire sprinkler systems. “CCFS also wants to point out the necessity of fire sprinkler systems,” stated CCFS President Paul Martin, who also noted that eight out of 10 fire deaths occur at night while people are sleeping.

Live in or nearby a college town? Now is the ideal time to start an advocacy campaign around residential sprinklers. See if your state has a sprinkler coalition and join forces with other advocates to educate the public on these systems to get them mandated in your community. Garner community support by having residents sign a sprinkler petition. Urge student groups on campus to champion for this issue by supplying them with the plethora of advocacy materials available on the Fire Sprinkler Initiative site. Educate them and yourself on the home fire problem and life-safety aspects of sprinklers. Student activists love a good cause. Let’s give them one.

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Fuente:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams fundó el Instituto de Formación de Servicios de Bomberos en 1995 para encontrar soluciones a los desafíos que enfrenta el servicio de bomberos voluntarios. Él ha sido un miembro activo de la Asociación de Bomberos del Estado de California (SCAF) desde 1994, habiendo sido miembro de los comités de voluntarios y de relaciones públicas, y como subdirector división del sur. Se sienta en varias organizaciones locales, incluyendo el Consejo de Protección de Bomberos del Condado de Santa Barbara, los Tres Condados de Responsables de Capacitación de la Asociación, De Santa Barbara capítulo de CAER y es miembro fundador del grupo de Santa Bárbara PIO Emergencia Información Pública Comunicaciones (ÉPICO). Ha sido el autor de muchos artículos y columnista de un periódico local en materia de seguridad pública. Él es también el co-anfitrión de alerta comunitaria sobre KZSB AM-1290 en Santa Bárbara. Williams ha sido miembro de la Junta de Servicios de Bomberos del Estado de California desde 2008. Antes de involucrarse en el servicio de bomberos voluntarios, Williams era un oficial de policía de California para 12 ½ años y un Oficial de Entrenamiento de Campo Correo Certificado. Él es un investigador privado con licencia y consultor de seguridad especializada en auto asegurado, asignaciones de defensa del gobierno y de seguros.


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