We all know the importance of fire prevention; it's something fire safety educators and fire officials think about daily. But what about today's youth? What are their thoughts on fire safety? Are we doing enough to raise awareness of the dangers, and have we provided them with enough tools and resources to get involved and share information with their friends?
With these questions in mind, The Center for Campus Fire Safety (The Center) has announced, "Campus Fire Safety for Students," a collaborative campaign that actively works to raise fire and life safety awareness among college students nationwide. The initiative is being spearheaded by the University of New Haven's Fire Science Club, with active support from The Center and NFPA.
"We believe the "student to student" approach, combined with our existing efforts to provide training and tools to fire safety educators and campus fire officials, will help to expand The Center's programs to effectively reach the younger audience," said The Center's president, Paul D. Martin.
While the initiative is in its infancy, the group has already been working on ideas to promote fire and life safety in 2015 on campuses across the country through social media platforms and the web. The group has also been working out the details for an online event that will be launched in September to coincide with Campus Fire Safety Month.
"Young adults, many of whom are living away from home for the first time, are suddenly participating in activities that pose fire risks, whether they live on- or off-campus," said Lorraine Carli, NFPA's vice president for Outreach and Advocacy. "By working with The Center and the University of New Haven's Fire Science Club, we can collaboratively encourage and empower students to actively get involved in fire safety, with the ultimate goal of reducing campus fire deaths across the country."
NFPA is excited to be working together with the members of the Fire Science Club at the University of New Haven and The Center, and look forward to working on projects and developing materials for college students and their parents. Stay tuned over the next few months for additional information about the Campus Fire Safety for Students initiative and the event in September!