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ASSE Joins With West Virginia Univ. EHS, Morgantown Fire Department, RA Fire Academy in Providing Hands-On Fire Prevention Training for Students

Posted in on Mon, Aug 8, 2011

Morgantown, West Virginia  Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-909-4548,; John Principe, CSP, CHCM, WVU EHS director, 304-293-5853
August 8, 2011

ASSE Rolls Out Campus-Related Fire Prevention Safety Tips for Students, Parents, Teachers, Greek Housing Officials

In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into
a major fire, a deadly risk to college students. The 100-year-old American
Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and its Fire Prevention Practice Specialty will
roll out their campus-related fire prevention tips on how to prevent fires,
tips for those living in Greek housing, statistics, resources, tips for
parents, fire escape planning and more.  ASSE
joins with the West Virginia University Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
staff, the Morgantown fire department and the WVU Residents’ Assistants (RA)
Fire Academy for real-time campus fire prevention training and demonstrations
to take place on campus this Thursday. Hands-on demonstrations on how to escape
smoke-filled rooms and hallways; fire extinguisher training; a live burn of a
room to show quickness of fire; working with the fire hose; films, and more
will be presented.

WHEN: Thursday, August 11, 2011; Two Sessions:
10:00 a.m. –Noon, and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fieldcrest Hall, Morgantown, West

752 Van Voorhis Road, WVU
Evansdale Campus,
for map

WHY: Each year college students are injured
and killed in preventable campus-related fires. To prevent injuries and
fatalities caused by fires that occur in college residence halls, off-campus
housing, fraternity/sorority houses, and to raise awareness about life-saving
fire prevention knowledge as students head back to school, ASSE, WVU, the RA
Fire Academy and the Morgantown fire department are providing key fire
prevention information and demonstrations.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) from 2000
to the present 146 students have died in a combination of off-campus, residence
hall and fraternity/sorority fires.  The
majority of campus-related fatal fires occur in off-campus housing.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration
(USFA), out of the 146 campus-related fire fatalities that occurred from
January 2000 to the present, 85 percent happened off-campus. Today, more than
two-thirds of the U.S. student population lives in off-campus housing.

Recently, two Liberty University
students in Lynchburg, VA, died in a fire that occurred in a one-story,
wood-framed building with no automatic sprinkler system or working smoke alarm;
a student at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, died in an off-campus house fire;
and, two Frostburg State (MD) University students died in an off-campus
apartment fire as did a sophomore at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.


CONTACT: West Virginia
University Director of Environmental Health & Safety and ASSE member John
A. Principe III, CSP, CHCM,  at
304-293-5853; ASSE’s Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, C -847-909-4548, Go to for the
Campus-Related Fire Prevention tips and fact sheets.

Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE
is the oldest professional safety society with more than 34,000 occupational
safety, health and environmental professional members.  For more information, go to

and to view the new ASSE – A Century
of Safety film go to


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