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September 2016 is the twelfth annual National Campus Fire Safety Month. Since the program started in 2005, it has seen a lot of growth with more schools and communities doing fire safety education programs. Over 350 proclamations have been signed by the nation’s governors during this time, but most importantly, we have seen fire deaths going down.


For the first time, in the 2014/2015 academic year, there were no college-related fire deaths since I started keeping track in 2000. I really believe this is because of what everyone is doing to raise awareness among students and parents about fire-safe housing and practices, so thank you for all that you are doing!


In addition, since 2005, there have not been any fatal fires in residence halls or Greek housing, which is a testimony to what schools are doing on their campuses. Yes, for the past 11 years, there have been zero fire deaths in residence halls, fraternities and sororities.




As we get close to September 1, if you are looking for free resources that you can use on your campus or in your community, you can find the “Campus Firewatch At-a-Glance” list of videos, posters and other tools on the Campus Firewatch website. Many of these were developed under FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grants to organizations such as the Michael H. Minger Foundation and the Clery Center for Security on Campus, and we want to make them as widely available as possible for everyone to use. They include tools such as…

and much more.


If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know!


Ed Comeau

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