KSU officials set fire to mock dorm room during National Fire Prevention Week

Mock Dorm Fire near University Village Suites

Simulated emergency shows students dangers of lit candles in rooms   Kennesaw State University…

Georgia (Oct 4, 2010)

Kennesaw State University officials, led by the Department of Strategic Security and Safety, set fire to a mock dorm room in a field near the University Village Suites in early October. The simulated dorm burn exercise was designed to show how quickly fire can spread when a lighted candle comes in contact with combustible materials such as bedspreads, curtains or notebook paper — items commonly found in college dorms.
As a crowd of about 100 students, faculty and staff watched, the dramatic demonstration drove home the dangers of burning candles in dorm rooms. Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services personnel were on hand to extinguish the blaze at the end of the exercise. KSU Police provided crowd control and traffic direction.
The first week in October is designated as National Fire Prevention Week. Each year an estimated 23,600 fires are caused by candles, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


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