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August 22, 2012
Contact: Mary MacCaffrie
Public Education Administrator
State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan
NH State Fire Marshal's Office

Campus Fire Safety Month

At the request of State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch has declared September as Campus Fire Safety Month.

Governor Lynch issued a Proclamation establishing September as Campus Fire Safety Month as part of a nationwide effort to raise fire and life safety awareness amongst students residing on and off campus. August and September are typically the worst time of year for fatal campus-related housing fires.

"For most students, the last fire safety training they have received was in grade school, but with new independence comes new responsibilities. It is important that both on- and off-campus students understand fire risks and know the preventative measures that could save their lives," said State Fire Marshal Degnan. It is the intent that through Campus Fire Safety Month students will realize they are not invincible, that fires do happen in campus-related settings, and that students should take steps to protect themselves no matter where they live.

We encourage schools across the state to provide educational programs throughout the school year and for schools and municipalities to evaluate the level of fire safety being provided in both on- and off-campus student housing. Schools should take the necessary steps to ensure fire-safe living environments through fire safety education, installation of fire suppression and detection systems and smoke alarms, and the development and enforcement of applicable codes relating to fire safety.

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