Back to school time puts spotlight on campus fire safety


By LisaMarie Sinatra

If you’re like me, you’re amazed at the thought that it’s now September! And for most of us, that meant passing up a day at the beach and spending the past weekend moving into dorms and off-campus housing.

Being back with friends and enjoying the first few carefree days at college is definitely an exciting time, but it’s also an important time to consider fire safety, especially when it comes to where you live.

According to the Center for Campus Fire Safety, September and October are peak months for campus fires. So each week during these months, I’ll be writing about a different safety tip that I hope you consider, and share with your friends.

So, as the first few days of school kick off, take stock of your surroundings and pledge to take part in your own campaign to pay attention to fire safety. Need a little help starting out? NFPA has a great checklist that’s easy to download. Take it with you as you inspect your dorm room or off-campus living quarters. As you check things off the list, take pride knowing you’re making a difference for yourself and for those who live with you.

More resources, including our newest campus fire safety infographic are also available on NFPA’s campus and dorm fire safety web page.

Good luck with school, and stay tuned for more ways to make your year a healthy, happy and very safe one.

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.

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