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Campus Fire Safety Awareness Day Sept. 14

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ You are a student at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. You wake up in the early morning to find your room -- either in the residence halls or off-campus apartment -- filled with smoke. What do you do?

The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) will host a Campus Fire Safety Awareness Day at SUNY Plattsburgh on Thursday, Sept. 14. (Rain date is Friday, Sept. 15.)

Many events are scheduled between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the lawn between Macomb and Kent residence halls. Members of the campus and Plattsburgh community are invited to attend, including property owners of off-campus student housing and local emergency responders.

Among the activities slated for the day is a live "mock dorm room burn" that will take place at 12:30 p.m. A mock residence hall room will be built outside and set on fire so that individuals can see first hand the effects of fire.

Other activities include a high rise rescue from Whiteface Hall, fire sprinkler and extinguisher demonstrations and a residence hall "survival corridor" in which individuals will have the opportunity to practice escaping from a hallway filled with theatrical smoke. Fire safety brochures will be handed out at information tables and there will be prizes and give-aways throughout the day.

"This is the premier kick-off event for the OFPC, which will hold five of these events at different colleges throughout the state this fall," said Edward Bortnick, environmental health and safety officer at SUNY Plattsburgh. "Over the years, we've had several fires on campus. They've caused damages - fortunately no injuries. Several off-campus fires have also occurred in the past few years. It is important that students remain vigilant about fire safety."

Several local and state dignitaries will be on hand throughout the day, including Christopher L. Jacobs, New York Secretary of State, and Paul D. Martin, Deputy Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau within OFPC.


Due to the fire safety activities taking place on campus, motorists are encouraged to avoid Rugar Street between 12 noon and 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14 (rain date is Friday, Sept. 15).
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