For Immediate Release: August 11, 2012

State Fire Marshal Urges Students to Practice Campus Fire Safety

RALEIGH -- As many college students move into dorms and off-campus housing in the coming days, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin wants students to make sure they will be living in a fire-safe environment.

"Going away to school is an exciting and stressful time, and parents and students might overlook safety details," said Goodwin. "It's important for students to be proactive, to ask questions, to make a fire safety plan and practice it so that the school year is a safe one."

From 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 3,840 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. These fires caused an annual average of three civilian deaths, 38 civilian fire injuries and $20.9 million in direct property damage. During that time period, cooking equipment was involved in 81 percent of the reported dormitory fires.

To mark the beginning of the school year and campus move-in, Goodwin encourages college students to follow these fire safety tips:

To access a resource sheet for parents and students to use when looking at on-campus and off-campus housing, go to http://bit.ly/safecampus.

For more campus fire safety information, visit the National Fire Protection Association website at www.nfpa.org.

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