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Fire Officials Burn Mock Dorm Room to Demonstrate Safety Procedures

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ALBANY, N.Y. (September 15, 2010) -- The University at Albany held its second annual Fire Safety Demonstration. An 8x12 wood-frame mock residence hall room complete with furniture and fixtures was burned to demonstrate fire safety procedures and tips. The room contained commonly found hazards and demonstrate the possible effects of unsafe behaviors.

Fire prevention drill on the UAlbany main campus

Albany Police Department offcials help stage a mock dorm fire and response on the UAlbany campus. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

UAlbany students received a first-hand lesson in fire prevention during September's National Campus Fire Safety Month in front ofthe academic podium.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., information tables were staffed by the UAlbany Fire Prevention unit, the Office of Off-Campus Affairs, and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

The University at Albany Office of Environmental Health and Safety provides fire prevention training on a regular basis for faculty, staff and students. The use of a mock dorm room is a particularly effective tool to raise awareness of campus fire safety problems.

From 2003 to 2006, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 3,570 structure fires in dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses, and barracks. These fires caused an annual average of seven civilian deaths, 54 civilian fire injuries, and $29.4 million in direct property damage.

Cooking equipment was involved in 75 percent of reported dormitory fires, including confined or contained fires. Structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks are more common from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., as well as on weekends.

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