President signs provisions of the Campus Fire Safety-Right-to-Know Act into law

On Thursday, August 14, President Bush signed the Higher Education Act into law. This bill contained provisions from the Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act introduced by Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ-8) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ) which will require schools across the nation to report fire safety information to the U.S. Department of Education, including:


  • The number of residence hall beds protected by automatic fire sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems

  • The number and severity of fires each year

  • The number of students injured or killed by fires

  • The amount of fire prevention training provided to students

  • Policies relating to fire safety



This legislation was first introduced in 2001 following the tragic fire at Seton Hall University that claimed the lives of three freshmen and has been debated in every session of Congress since that time. A coalition of 13 other national fire safety organizations joined with Campus Firewatch in working with Congress to pass this ground-breaking legislation.

To help in developing the regulations for the implementation of this law, Campus Firewatch has formed a collaborative project for campus fire safety professionals to develop suggested language for the regulations which will be provided to the U.S. Department of Education. This is a unique opportunity for campus and community fire professionals to have a role in crafting the regulations that will directly impact them.

The passage of these provisions comes as a coalition of organizations prepare for the launch of National Campus Fire Safety Month on Capitol Hill on September 9, 2008. More information can be found at www.CampusFireSafetyMonth.org or www.campus-firewatch.com.

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