In honor of Campus Fire Safety Month in September, a group of Massachusetts fire officials that have colleges in their communities, along with state building officials, college safety officials and campus fire safety advocates, developed a statewide public awareness campaign called, “Best Roommates Evah!”, which focuses on the importance of having working smoke alarms and having two ways out of the house. (The lack of alarms and a means to get out of the house safely were factors in the tragic deaths of five students in Massachusetts off-campus housing fires in the past 10 years.)
While the campaign originated in Massachusetts, this fire safety message is an important one and can be translated to every college campus around the country.
To complement the campaign and to help promote fire safety in on- and off-campus housing nationwide, a new PSA was created and can be easily downloaded and shared. It features fire fighters from Boston Fire Department Engine 41 and Ladder 14 who responded to the 2013 fire that claimed the life of college senior Binland Lee, and highlights the “roomies” noted in the campaign.
Share the PSA this September (and year-round!) in honor of Campus Fire Safety Month and learn more about the campaign by visiting www.BestRoommatesEvah.org.