This is an extra special message to all colleges and universities here in the District. Many of you are getting ready for graduation and taking summer courses–maybe even working a summer job. But, we’d like for you to take a moment to consider supporting National Campus Fire Safety Month, which will officially kick off on September 17th, shortly after many of you return from summer break. It runs the entire month of September. So, start putting your plans together now, including whether you want to host any special events to educate your peers about fire safety. The summer will have come and gone before you know it and it’s best to at least have an idea of how you want to honor the month before you leave for break.
This will mark the fifth year of National Campus Fire Safety Month and organizers are making a big push on Capitol Hill. They are hoping Congress will assist them in urging schools to host fire safety courses for students. Over 80 percent of the college students who have died in fires have met their end in off-campus housing. Daniel Rigby, a Georgetown University student, died in a fire in off-campus housing he was renting back in 2004. His family and friends have been honoring his life with an annual 5k run and ball for the past five years.
“The value of National Campus Fire Safety Month comes from everyone joining together, both in Washington and across the nation, to make students, parents, schools and communities aware of the importance of fire safety on our campuses,” said Ed Comeau, publisher of Campus Firewatch.
This year’s motto for National Campus Fire Safety Month is “Fire Safety — It’s Part of Living” and it couldn’t be more appropriate. Fire safety is a matter of life and death and DCRA wants the time spent by every student visiting the District for higher learning to be safe and enjoyable. So, start thinking about how you want to take part in National Campus Fire Safety month and let us know what you guys are doing! We’d love to partner with you, highlight some of the things you are doing or just support your efforts in general. Don’t forget to take a look at the wealth of information right here at thisshouldbeillegal.com and let us know if there’s something else you think we should post. We’d love to hear it. We will be continuing our own crusade to educate students about fire safety.
Check out the heart-wrenching video below of the father of a Miami University student who was killed in an off-campus house fire back in 2005. It’s a story no parent should have to tell…..