Legislative Safeguards Needed To Protect College Students From Fire

While there is growing awareness of the fire danger in housing for college students, progress has been painfully slow in passing the local codes, state laws and national legislation that are needed to aggressively attack the problem. Only four states...


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Realistically, it's unlikely that much will happen in what's left of this session of Congress. Until it happens, Comeau believes that fire safety education at the high school and college levels can help save lives right now. "Most of these young people have not had any education in fire safety since they learned 'stop-drop-and-roll' in the fourth grade," Comeau says. "We've got to make them aware of the fire dangers that surround them."

To call attention to the danger, 17 states have proclaimed September as "Campus Fire Safety Month" and Comeau hopes that Congress will do the same. That would be a helpful gesture, but the real gift of life would be to pass the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act.


HAL BRUNO, a Firehouse® contributing editor, retired as political director for ABC News in Washington and served almost 40 years as a volunteer firefighter. He is a director of the Chevy Chase, MD, Fire Department and chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.