Friday October 3, 2014

Fire Prevention Week

The University of Dayton will hold two free, public events that aim to help students, faculty, staff and Dayton-area families stay safe in the event of a fire.

Staff from the University's office of Environmental Health and Safety will conduct a fire extinguisher training session from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Kennedy Union Plaza. Participants will practice extinguishing live fires.

The office of Environmental Health and Safety will conduct its 13th annual Smokeout from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Phi Sigma Kappa House, 225 Kiefaber St. Dayton Fire Department personnel will fill the house with smoke and guide guests on the best route to escape as well as offer tips about fire safety.

The events are part of the University's observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1911, the Fire Marshals Association of North America, now known as the International Fire Marshals Association, decided the anniversary — Oct. 8-9 — should be observed in a way to inform the public about fire prevention. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period during which Oct. 9 falls. Because of the University's fall break and exam schedule, the University is observing the week Oct. 5-17.

For more information or interviews, contact Sean Englert, life safety and loss prevention specialist, at 937-229-4543.

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