September 09, 2009

Importance of Fire Safety Stressed During Campus Safety Awareness Month

Campus Safety Awareness Month continues at Case Western Reserve University with an emphasis on fire safety and prevention.

According to the United States Fire Administration, college students are experiencing a growing number of fire-related emergencies in both on- and off-campus housing.

"Fire safety is too often taken for granted. Nationwide, the amount of fires on university properties— especially residence buildings— is alarming. Here at Case Western Reserve, we are putting a lot of effort into fire safety education for the entire campus community," says Jason Goodrick, associate director for emergency management, police and security services.

Case Western Reserve's Office of Emergency Management suggests that all members of the campus community become familiar with their residence hall, classroom, lab or office exits, as well as proper steps for preventing and responding to a fire emergency.

Goodrick says additional fire safety precautions must be taken by students living on campus. "Students must know which items, such as extension cords and space heaters, are prohibited in the residence halls. Students must also be vigilant when cooking in their living space. Cooking-related accidents are the number one cause of college residence fires on and off campus nationwide."

Campus community members can find out more during a Campus Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, September 10, in the Thwing Center atrium.

In addition, representatives from Campus Police and Security Services; the University Circle Police Department; Case EMS; University Health Services; the Office of Student Affairs; the Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life; the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women; the Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety; and City of Cleveland safety divisions will be available to talk with the campus community about a variety of safety issues.

The Office of Emergency Management Web site offers tips on fire safety and survival, as well as residence hall guidelines and emergency reporting procedures.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, September 9, 2009 01:47 PM | News Topics: Campus Life, Faculty, Staff, Students, news

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