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Campus & Residence Hall Fire Safety Training October 8

Fire extinguisher training and campus and residence hall fire safety tips will be provided.

The USF Division of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind the campus community that "Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month." This is the theme for the 2014 National Fire Prevention Week fire safety campaign. EH&S will be spreading the word about the dangers of inoperable smoke alarms, most of which result from batteries that are missing, disconnected or dead. Smoke and heat detectors in all USF housing locations are hardwired not battery operated.

In 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 3,810 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. These fires caused an annual average of 2 civilian deaths, 30 civilian fire injuries, and $9.4 million in direct property damage. Only 7% of fires began in the bedroom, but these fires accounted for more than one-quarter (27%) of the civilian injuries.

USF EH&S provides education on fire prevention and educates the University community on how to respond in the event of a fire. College students living away from home should take a few minutes to make sure they are living in a fire-safe environment. Knowing how to stay safe during the school year is very important and often overlooked. 

Join EH&S in conjunction with the Office of the State Fire Marshal as we conduct fire extinguisher training and provide campus and residence hall fire safety tips on Wednesday, October 8th from 10 am – 1 pm on the south side of the Marshall Center. Participation in this campaign is an important awareness step that may save your life and that of someone you love.

For campus and residence hall fire safety tips, visit this website.

Environmental Health & Safety

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