September is Campus Fire Safety Month and this year NFPA and The Center for Campus Fire Safety (The Center) are teaming up to host their second national campaign with an online Campus Fire Safety Quiz & Sweepstakes (Quiz), “What Kind of Cook are You in the Kitchen?.” The interactive quiz raises awareness about the dangers of cooking fires among college-aged students who live in on- and off-campus housing.
According to a recent NFPA report, the vast majority of fires in fraternities, sororities and other related properties involve cooking equipment, and unattended cooking is the most common cause.
The Quiz, available online from September 1 – 30 on The Center’s website, targets students currently enrolled in an institution of higher education. By participating, students will be able to recognize unsafe practices and learn appropriate ways to cook meals that will reduce the risk for injury and damage caused by fire. Students who complete the Quiz will be entered into a sweepstakes where two winners will be randomly selected to receive an American Express gift card.
In addition to the Quiz, the campaign also provides a host of resources for students, parents and fire safety educators that focus on the dangers of cooking. These free 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:
- Tips Sheets
- Infographics and flyers
The effort complements two new college fire safety campaigns this year: the Massachusetts-focused “Best Roommates Evah!” that targets college students who live in on- and off-campus housing throughout the state, and highlights the importance of having working smoke alarms and two ways out of a house in case of a fire emergency; and the "See It Before You Sign It" national campaign that encourages parents to take a more active role in helping their loved ones choose secure, fire-safe housing in apartments or houses that are not on campus.
Learn more about the Quiz/Sweepstakes at www.campusfiresafety.org/cooking. Find additional resources for students, parents and fire safety educators at www.nfpa.org/campus and join the college fire safety movement!