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September Campus Fire Safety Month

For Immediate Release: Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

Contact: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-773-6196


September Campus Fire Safety Month



PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as “Campus Fire Safety Month” in South Dakota.


National statistics show that August and September are the worst months for fatal campus-related housing fires. State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says many college students have not received fire safety education since elementary school and they do not realize how quickly a fire can occur either in on-campus or off-campus housing.


“The issue of campus fire safety has grown tremendously as more schools, parents and communities realize the importance of teaching students about fire safety, not just for the time they are in school but for the rest of their lives,” says Fire Marshal Merriman. “These are, indeed, life skills.”


Fire Marshal Merriman says fatal campus or off campus housing fires are similar to others found in homes. The fires could be started by any number of things such as heaters, people smoking, electrical malfunctions or food left too long cooking on the stove. 


“All of these fires can be dangerous and deadly no matter where they start,” says the Fire Marshal. “This is an ongoing effort to educate the future generation of our state about the importance of fire safety behavior so these behaviors can help to ensure their safety during their college years.”


The State Fire Marshal’s Office is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.