Since more than four out of five of the fire deaths happen off-campus, and I don't think that the housing stock has been improving that dramatically, I really believe that this is because of the emphasis that everyone is putting on education and making students more aware of their responsibilities. Some communities, such as West Lafayette, Indiana, took the tragedies they had to heart and came up with creative solutions.
This year, I saw schools doing a ton of training, education and outreach. There were 36 proclamations issued, which tied for the highest number ever. Since this program started in 2005, there have been a grand total of 300 proclamations issued, plus resolutions in the United States Senate and House of Representatives. All of this helps even more in raising the awareness among students, parents and communities.
There are now more tools for everyone to use in education, including The Alarming Truth, 9 Fires, posters and Guides. The Campus Firewatch Tip-a-Day Twitter campaign was picked up and retweeted by more people than ever before (@campusfirewatch #firetipaday). We reached 14,000 accounts and had over 29,000 impressions with 21 messages. Another great example of how, with everyone's help, we can spread the word far and wide, and these are, literally, "lessons for life," knowing about the importance of smoke alarms, exits and so much more.
So, thanks everyone for all of your help during Campus Fire Safety Month!