Raising awareness of fire risks at colleges during Campus Fire Safety Month

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Aug 31, 2018

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NFPA and The Center for Campus Fire Safety have long been advocates for fire safety on college campuses and September we’re teaming up again to promote Campus Fire Safety for Students, a campaign that raises awareness about the dangers of fires among college-aged students who live in on- and off-campus college housing.


According to The Center, during the 2017/2018 school year, one student lost her life in a Portland, Oregon off-campus fire.  A recent fire in San Marcos, Texas claimed the life of four additional students living off-campus during the school break in July.  From 2000 through mid-August 2018, 132 students died in 92 fatal fires on college campuses, in Greek housing, or in privately owned off-campus housing within three miles of the campus. Of the 92 fatal fires, 79 of them occurred in off-campus housing claiming 113 victims.

Are you involved in campus fire safety activities where you work? If yes, use September as the catalyst for raising awareness of college fire safety and have those conversations with students. The campaign provides a host of resources that focus on fire safety in college housing to help. Many resources are customizable and have been designed for sharing via social media, on college websites, in school newspapers, and for posting in dorms and on common area bulletin boards. They include:

  • Videos
  • Checklists
  • Tip sheets
  • Infographics and flyers
  • Posters

Find these and additional resources and information at