Time is running out for submissions to NFPA’s College Fire Safety Video Contest, which closes for preliminary judging September 30th. Sparky the Fire Dog and the Center for Campus Fire Safety are asking college students to submit 30- to 60-second video public service announcements highlighting the importance of fire safety. Finalists will receive prizes of $500, $250, and $100, respectively. The contest runs in accordance with Campus Fire Safety Month (September), and Sparky wants all college students to take a new look at fire prevention as they live on their own in on- or off-campus housing.
In 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 3,840 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. These fires caused an annual average of 3 civilian deaths, 38 civilian fire injuries, and $20.9 million in direct property damage. Fire safety is every student’s responsibility regardless of their housing’s vicinity to campus. For more information on campus fire safety, read NFPA’s fact sheet.
For more information on the contest, including how to enter, please visit Sparky's Birthday website.