Students to Converge on Capitol Hill for National Campus Fire Safety Month 2009

With an estimated 18 million students currently attending colleges and universities nationwide, knowing the steps on how to prevent or escape a fire can be lifesaving. And getting this information into the hands–and into the heads–of students, parents, landlords and the schools is as critical as ever.

National Campus Fire Safety Month 2009 (www.campusfiresafetymonth.org) will be launched in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2009. As part of this launch, college students will meet with Congress and encourage schools across the country to host fire safety courses for its own students. This effort is being led by a coalition of campus fire safety organizations that includes Campus Firewatch (www.campus-firewatch.com), the Ohio Fire Safety Coalition (www.ohiofsc.org), and the Congressional Fire Services Institute (www.cfsi.org) along with numerous supporting organizations.

Now in its fifth year, National Campus Fire Safety Month has provided an opportunity for schools and communities across the nation during September to educate students about the dangers of fire and their role in creating a fire-safe environment. Serving as the Congressional Co-Sponsors are Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-8), and Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC-2).

“Fire safety is an important issue on college campuses,” Sen. Frank Lautenberg said. “I hope National Campus Fire Safety Month will inspire colleges and universities around the country to improve their fire alarm systems and provide thorough fire safety education to all its students on a regular basis.”

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