September, 2014: Campus Fire Safety Month

WHEREAS, recent student-related housing fires in Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin and other schools across the country have tragically cut short the lives of some of the youth of our Nation; and,

WHEREAS, since January 2000, at least 163 people, including students, parents, and children have died in campus-related fires; and,

WHEREAS, approximately 87 percent of these deaths have occurred in off-campus occupancies, and a majority of students across the nation live in off-campus occupancies; and,

WHEREAS, a number of fatal fires have occurred in buildings where the fire safety systems have been compromised or disabled by the occupants; and,

WHEREAS, it is recognized that automatic fire alarm systems and smoke alarms provide the necessary early warning to occupants and the fire department of a fire so that appropriate action can be taken; and,

WHEREAS, it is recognized that automatic sprinkler systems are a highly effective method of controlling or extinguishing a fire in its early stages, protecting the lives of the buildings occupants; and,

WHEREAS, many students are living in off-campus occupancies, Greek housing, and residence halls that are not adequately protected with automatic fire sprinkler systems, and automatic fire alarm systems or smoke alarms; and,

WHEREAS, it is recognized that fire safety education is an effective method of reducing the occurrence of fires and reducing the resulting loss of life and property and that students are not routinely receiving effective fire safety education throughout their entire college career; and,

WHEREAS, it is vital to educate the future generation of our nation about the importance of fire safety so that these behaviors can help to ensure their safety during their college years and beyond. By developing a generation of fire safe adults, future loss of life from fires can be significantly reduced,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan do hereby proclaim September 2014 as Campus Fire Safety Month in Michigan.