2017 Campus Fire Safety Month


WHEREAS, since January 2000, 91 college-related fires have claimed 128 lives; including students, parents, and children; and

WHEREAS, 85 percent of these deaths occurred in off-campus dwellings, which often are not protected with automatic fire sprinkler systems, automatic fire alarm systems, or adequate smoke alarms; and

WHEREAS, smoking was the leading cause of fatal fires in campus housing, followed by intentional actions, electrical, and cooking fires; and

WHEREAS, the misuse of cooking appliances, over-loaded electrical circuits, and extension cords increase the risk of fires; and

WHEREAS, a number of fatal fires have occurred in buildings where the fire safety systems have been compromised or disabled by the occupants; and

WHEREAS, automatic fire alarm systems and smoke alarms provide the necessary early warning of a fire to occupants and the fire department so that appropriate action can be taken and lives can be saved; and

WHEREAS, automatic fire sprinkler systems are highly effective methods of controlling or extinguishing a fire in its early stages, protecting the lives of the building's occupants; and

WHEREAS, fire safety education is an integral part of reducing the occurrence of fires, and reducing the resulting loss of life and property damage; and

WHEREAS, educating a generation of fire-safe children and adults will help reduce future loss of life from fires; and

WHEREAS, colleges and universities are encouraged to promote campus fire safety education and support efforts year-round by providing safe housing and training to students, faculty, and community organizations; and

WHEREAS, Campus Fire Safety Month is an opportunity to recognize the importance of fire education in preventing fire casualties;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 2017 as CAMPUS FIRE SAFETY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.