You must be aware of fire safety because fires occur. Fires occur so regularly that most cities have full-time fire fighters. Preventing fires and Getting out Safely in a fire are key life skills.
In 2006 alone, 3,245 civilians lost their lives as a result of a fire, 16,400 injuries and direct property loss due to fires was estimated at $11.3 billion [U.S. Fire Administration web site].
The Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS) is a non-profit organization devoted to reducing the loss of life from fire at our nation's campuses. The CCFS was formed to provide a central focal point for the complex issues surrounding campus fire safety.
CCFS published the following data from January 2000 to the present:
94 people have lost their lives in sixty-six separate campus related fires.
These fires occurred on a college campus, in Greek Housing or in off-campus housing within 3-miles of the campus.
- 54 fires have occurred in off-campus housing claiming 76 victims
- 6 fires have occurred in on-campus building or residence halls claiming 8 victims
- 6 fires have occurred in Greek housing claiming 10 victims
Of the 66 fires documented:
- 14 were intentionally set claiming 22 victims
- 29 were accidental - includes cooking, candles, smoking or electrical claiming 38 victims
- 23 of the fires the cause was never determined - or the cause was not available at the press time. These fires claimed 34 victims.
"Their voices are stilled, but their spirits live on. Don’t allow them to have died in vain. Learn from these tragedies. You may save your own life or the lives of others."
From "Get Out and Stay Alive"
U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)
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