For Immediate Release: September 17, 2010

Contacts: Kerry Hall: 919-807-6011

College Students Canvass Neighborhoods for Fire Safety

Students are partnering with fire service personnel to check, distribute and install smoke alarms in Raleigh homes

Raleigh -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin, the Raleigh Fire Department and students from North Carolina State University and Shaw University are teaming up to promote fire safety in the community during September, Campus Fire Safety Month.

On the evening of Sept. 20, they will canvass a downtown Raleigh neighborhood to check residents' smoke alarms and provide and install smoke alarms for those who don't have one in their home. They will be joined by family members of Cody Pilkington, a student at NCSU who lost his life in an off-campus fire in 2005.

"We want to empower young people to play a role in making their communities safer," said State Fire Marshal Goodwin. "College students are some of our state's future leaders. We hope hands-on experiences like these make them fire safety advocates for life."

"The Raleigh Fire Department is excited about our partnership with OSFM in support of national campus fire safety initiatives," said Raleigh Fire Department Assistant Chief Rusty Styons. "We are confident that our planned community outreach will be of direct benefit to our citizenry and provide a unique opportunity for our personnel to enhance the fire safety awareness of our student volunteers."