Off-Campus Fire Safety

Ed Comeau of Campus Firewatch discusses fire safety at off-campus houses in colleges and universities.


Ask any fire chiefs with colleges or universities in their communities what their high-risk population is, and the answer is almost universally "students." How these students live and behave has a significant impact on their level of fire safety and the outbreak of fires, which translates directly...


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Education is a key component to making today's student more aware and fire safe. The real challenge is how to do this education in a way that is effective and will "stick." The 18-to-24-year-old demographic has that sense of "invulnerability" coupled with the "it won't happen to me" attitude. The fire service has to be extremely creative and innovative when reaching out to these students.

By educating today's students we can have a chance to change the behavior of 17 million students. By providing them with effective fire- and burn-safety education, we can influence how they think, not only for the four years that they are in school, but for the rest of their lives. As they become the decision-makers of tomorrow they can have a significant impact on the loss of life in this country, both firefighter and civilian, but living a more fire-safe lifestyle. This is all possible, by starting now and today, with 17 million opportunities.