September is Campus Fire Safety Month and this year, NFPA, The Center for Campus Fire Safety (The Center), the University of New Haven Fire Science Club, (UNH) and Domino's are teaming up to host a national campaign and Campus Fire Safety Sweepstakes & Contest (Contest) that raises awareness of fire safety on college campuses.
The two-tiered Contest, which starts today, September 1, and runs through the 25th, can be found on the Campus Fire Safety for Students Facebook page and targets students currently enrolled in an institution of higher education. The Contest encourages students to put fire safety first, and provides a host of student, parent and fire safety educator resources that can be found at www.nfpa.org/campus. These materials focus on the dangers of candles and unattended cooking, in addition to highlighting smoke alarm education, evacuation plans and more. These resources have been designed for sharing via social media, on college websites, and for posting in dorms and on common area bulletin boards and include:
- Fire safety questions to ask landlords and school officials
- Tips Sheets
- Infographics and flyers
Students who complete the first tier of the Contest will be entered into a sweepstakes where two winners will be randomly selected to win a Domino's-sponsored pizza party for 50 of their friends. Students can also submit a 200-word paragraph about the steps they will take to help keep themselves and their peers safer from fire. One winner from the second-tier will be eligible to win an iPad mini 3! Read the complete rules and enter today!
According to NFPA statistics, fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities and student barracks increased 24 percent from 3,350 fires in 2003 to 4,160 fires in 2013. The Center states that from 2000 through October 2014, 126 students died in 89 fires on college campuses, in Greek housing, or in privately owned off-campus housing within three miles of the campus. Of those, 107 deaths occurred in fires in off-campus housing. At least four fatal off-campus fires have occurred this year, including deaths in South Dakota, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.
With the start of the school year upon us, help us spread the word and raise fire safety awareness on college campuses starting with the students you love! Share our contest video and rules and visit NFPA's and The Center's webpage for everything you need to get the discussion going.
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