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KSU burns ‘dorm’ to teach students a lesson

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The Marietta Daily Journal, The Atlanta Journal/Constitution and other media
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by Hannah Morgan
October 15, 2013 11:53 PM
Kennesaw State University officials burn a mock dorm room as part of a safety exercise in 2010.<br>staff/file
Kennesaw State University officials burn a mock dorm room as part of a safety exercise in 2010.
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KENNESAW — On their way from their morning classes to their dorm rooms or the cafeteria, Kennesaw State University students will have to pass a burning dorm room on the campus green.

Home Depot donated enough wood and supplies this year to build a 12x10 dorm room, which will be filled with a bed, desk, trash can, pizza boxes, curtains and bed sheets, things previous students have left behind in their residences, Lang said.

 

Within five minutes, he expects the room to be destroyed. Last year’s event brought out about 200 students, and this year, Lang is hoping to draw about 450 students.

There are more than 3,500 KSU students living in four on-campus residence communities throughout the school, said Jeff Cooper, the director of university housing and residence life.

“I think students get a lot from it. I think it sends a really good educational message, and I think the students learn a lot about how to be careful, that sometimes it’s the littlest things that can set off a fire,” he said.

Simply being absent-minded can lead to a student’s entire room being engulfed by flames.

Before the candle gets tipped over, students will have the opportunity to learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher, with a new electronic fire extinguisher system the school bought for $15,000.

Through a simulated fire on a screen, students will practice putting out fires while holding an electronic fire extinguisher, an educational activity Lang hopes the students will enjoy, as it is similar to playing a video game.

So far this semester there has been one fire-related incident in the dorm rooms. A student was popping some microwaveable popcorn when it caught on fire and started to smoke, setting off the building’s fire alarms.

Last year there was another similar microwave incident, but overall, the campus hasn’t seen many dorm room fires, Lang said.

Regardless, the event will teach students the dangers of neglecting lit flames in their rooms, as in a typical fire, “it usually takes about 40 seconds for those detectors to go off. It doesn’t give you much time to react,” Lang said.

Because this year’s event will occur during KSU’s homecoming week, Lang hopes that the students will attend the dorm burning in lieu of a campus bonfire, traditional of many homecoming celebrations.

In the event of a fire, students are taught that, “the best thing to do, is to get out and warn other people. Then call 911,” said university spokesman Robert Godlewski.

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  Kennesaw State University students watch from a safe distance as a model of a dorm room blazes out of control Wednesday on campus during a mock fire drill to show the devastation of an unattended candle.  Cobb County Fire Department Station 26 firefighters Corey Gamble, Donny Brown and Raphael Flores keep a charged water line ready to put the blaze out after the demonstration was completed. Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Caption: Kennesaw State University students watch from a safe distance as a model of a dorm room blazes out of control Wednesday on campus during a mock fire drill to show the devastation of an unattended candle. Cobb County Fire Department Station 26 firefighters Corey Gamble, Donny Brown and Raphael Flores keep a charged water line ready to put the blaze out after the demonstration was completed. Staff/Kelly J. Huff

 

 Kennesaw State University students Erin Gregg and Kandace Kendrick record the dorm room fire on their phones Wednesday during a mock fire drill to show the devastation of an unattended candle, under the supervision of the Cobb County Fire Department  Staff/Kelly J. Huff

Caption: Kennesaw State University students Erin Gregg and Kandace Kendrick record the dorm room fire on their phones Wednesday during a mock fire drill to show the devastation of an unattended candle, under the supervision of the Cobb County Fire Department. Staff/Kelly J. HuffAlbum ID: 1719130Photo ID: 49250313

 Cobb County Fire Department Engineer Sean Gray, narrates the properties of a dorm room fire Wednesday at Kennesaw State University as a mock dorm room fire is set using a unattended candle.  Staff/Kelly J. Huff

Caption: Cobb County Fire Department Engineer Sean Gray, narrates the properties of a dorm room fire Wednesday at Kennesaw State University as a mock dorm room fire is set using an unattended candle. Staff/Kelly J. Huff 

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Security InfoWatch.com

Kennesaw State University conducts simulated dorm burn

By SIW Editorial Staff
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KSU facilities personnel constructed a mock dorm room with supplies donated by The Home Depot

 

Within seconds, fire consumed the plastic trashcan and activated the fire/smoke detector on the ceiling. Flames traveled up the window curtains, jumped to the bedspread and quickly spread across the...

Kennesaw, GA.-- Oct. 17, 2013 — Fire safety and prevention tips topped the agenda this week during a simulated dorm burn on Kennesaw State University’s Campus Green. The exercise got underway shortly after noon to take advantage of large throngs of students changing class on the suburban Atlanta campus.

KSU facilities personnel constructed a mock dorm room with supplies donated by The Home Depot. For maximum visibility, it was situated on a busy corner of the Campus Green near the main entrance to the Carmichael Student Center. Combustible items such as bedspreads, curtains, books and notebook paper fueled the fire, which was ignited when a lighted candle fell into a trashcan in the room.

Within seconds, fire consumed the plastic trashcan and activated the fire/smoke detector on the ceiling. Flames traveled up the window curtains, jumped to the bedspread and quickly spread across the room.

“It only took a couple of minutes for the flames to reach the ceiling. I watched our students’ reaction and many in the crowd were visibly shocked when the flames rolled over the top of the structure,” said Jeff Cooper, KSU’s director, University Housing and Residence Life. “It’s important to note that Kennesaw State University Housing, unlike this test structure, is well-built with fire sprinklers and fire extinguishers in every room.”

KSU police and crisis coordinators worked hand in hand to maintain crowd control and ensure no one got too close to the flames or the intense heat. Yellow caution tape marked the boundaries of the safe perimeter zone, outside of which several personnel faced the crowd to monitor the situation.

“We wanted to take every precaution, yet allow the crowd of mostly students to get a first-hand look at what can happen when a little candle is inadvertently knocked over in their room,” said Robert Lang, KSU’s assistant vice president, Strategic Security and Safety.

“Fire can quickly engulf a bedroom, so students need to learn about fire prevention and what to do to keep themselves and others safe in the event of an emergency,” said Lang. “Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services personnel did an excellent job safely extinguishing the blaze.”

With more than 25,000 students, faculty and staff on the grounds of the almost 400-acre campus, KSU functions like a small city. Some 3,500 residence hall students live on the campus and fire safety training is an ongoing topic addressed by the resident advisers.

“Kennesaw State is the third-largest university in Georgia,” said Cooper. “Our growing student population comes from 130 countries, and we want to keep each and every one of them safe.”

The school, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, offers 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution that will kick off its nascent football season in 2015.

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The Atlanta Journal/Constitution

Updated: 4:01 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

Kennesaw State to teach students about fire safety

The Associated Press

KENNESAW, Ga. —

Kennesaw State University officials are planning to light a model dorm room on fire to teach students about fire safety.

They plan to set fire to a simulated dorm room to illustrate how quickly the whole room can go up in flames when a lighted candle touches common items like bedspreads, curtains, books and paper.

The demonstration is set for noon on Wednesday on the Campus Green. The fire will be extinguished by Cobb County emergency responders.

University housing and safety officials also plan to offer fire safety and prevention tips.

The demonstration is part of the university's observance of National Fire Safety Month.

School officials say KSU residence halls, which house about 3,500 students, have fire sprinklers in every room and fire extinguishers on every hall.

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Cherokee Tribune
 
Kennesaw State to teach students about fire safety
by The Associated Press
 
October 15, 2013 11:55 PM
 
 
 

KENNESAW — Kennesaw State University officials are planning to light a model dorm room on fire to teach students about fire safety.

They plan to set fire to a simulated dorm room to illustrate how quickly the whole room can go up in flames when a lighted candle touches common items like bedspreads, curtains, books and paper.

The demonstration is set for noon today on the Campus Green. The fire will be extinguished by Cobb County emergency responders.

University housing and safety officials also plan to offer fire safety and prevention tips.

The demonstration is part of the university’s observance of National Fire Safety Month.

School officials say KSU residence halls, which house about 3,500 students, have fire sprinklers in every room and fire extinguishers on every hall

Read more: Cherokee Tribune - Kennesaw State to teach students about fire safety

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Claims Journal

Georgia College to Teach Students About Fire Safety

October 16, 2013

Kennesaw State University officials are planning to light a model dorm room on fire to teach students about fire safety.

They plan to set fire to a simulated dorm room to illustrate how quickly the whole room can go up in flames when a lighted candle touches common items like bedspreads, curtains, books and paper.

The demonstration is set for noon on Wednesday on the Campus Green. The fire will be extinguished by Cobb County emergency responders.

University housing and safety officials also plan to offer fire safety and prevention tips.

The demonstration is part of the university’s observance of National Fire Safety Month.

School officials say KSU residence halls, which house about 3,500 students, have fire sprinklers in every room and fire extinguishers on every hall.

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The San Francisco Chronicle

Kennesaw State to teach students about fire safety

Kennesaw State University officials are planning to light a model dorm room on fire to teach students about fire safety. They plan to set fire to a simulated dorm room to illustrate how quickly the whole room can go up in flames when a lighted candle touches common items like bedspreads, curtains, books and paper. The demonstration is set for noon on Wednesday on the Campus Green. The fire will be extinguished by Cobb County emergency responders.

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Kennesaw State University simulates fire dangers in student housing

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Kennesaw State University set fire to a simulated dorm bedroom to demonstrate how quickly flames can spread from a candle to bedspreads, curtains, books and notebook paper. KSU student housing is well-built with fire sprinklers in every room and fire extinguishers on every hall. Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services personnel extinguished the blaze at the end of the exercise.

Robert Lang, KSU's assistant vice president, Strategic Security and Safety; and Jeff Cooper, KSU's director of residence life, coordinated the dramatic demonstration, which took place during national Fire Prevention Week

KSU simulates fire dangers in student housing

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WGCL-TV
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Oct 11, 2011 8:16 AM EDT

Updated:

Oct 11, 2011 2:19 PM EDT

 

KENNESAW, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Kennesaw State University security and safety officials will set a simulated student-housing bedroom on fire Tuesday to demonstrate how fire can spread when a lighted candle comes in contact with combustible materials such as bedspreads, curtains, books or notebook paper.

Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services personnel will extinguish the blaze at the end of the exercise.

Officials hope the simulated burn will teach students importance of fire safety during national Fire Prevention Week.

KSU currently has more than 3,100 students living on campus.

According to KSU officials, student housing is well-built with fire sprinklers in every room and fire extinguishers on every hall.



The burn will take place at noon on the green space between University Village Suites and KSU Place.

  

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