Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Are Your Kids Safe at College?

If you have one or more teenagers headed off to college near or far, now is a good time to talk with them about fire safety! Since January 2000, 134 students have died in fires that occured both on and off campus. There were four common factors in all of these fires:

1. A lack of automatic fire sprinklers
2. Missing or disabled smoke alarms
3. Careless disposal of smoking materials
4. Impaired judgement from alcohol consumption

If your teen's college or university holds fire safety classes for its students, encourage your young scholar's attendance. If the school doesn't offer fire safety classes, talk to the administrators about how the addition of this education opportunity may save lives. For more on National Campus Fire Safety Month (September), visit

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