Woods University works to alert students of fire dangers. The furnished “room”
will be torched Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 3:30 p.m. at the Fulton Fire Station.
morning of Jan. 19, 2000, when a fire killed three students and injured 58
others in a Seton Hall University dormitory in New York. After the fire,
colleges and universities were forced to ask themselves, “How do you get
students to understand the importance fire safety?”
have provided their time and labor to construct a mock residence hall room. The
room contains the basics of a college dorm: computer, bed, posters, etc.
memory for students. When we create a memory, it gives them something to pull
from if a situation like this were to happen,” said Mike Wills, director of
residential life and campus safety. “The speed at which things burn really
validates steps and procedures taken to enhance fire safety on the Woods
will be provided this year to provide students a better view of the burn.
educate students about what they can and cannot have in their dorm rooms. We
plan to provide alternatives and inform students where they can find these
products,” Wills said.
structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities and barracks are more
common between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m., and on weekends.
experience. Fire safety and life safety are the last things on their minds
until it happens to them,” said Todd Gray of the Fulton Fire Department.
works to ensure that campus safety officers and student community advisers are
aware of fire dangers. Before the start of school each fall, student community
advisers participate in a fire safety course offered by the Fulton
oversee residence halls at the Woods, get hands-on training in the proper use
of a fire extinguisher, followed by a simulation that includes smoked-filled
hallways and blocked exits.
in Raleigh. If anything is detected, the Fulton Fire Station will receive a
call before campus security.
is early detection. Typically, a fire will double in size every 60 seconds,”
be sent to Raleigh. Therefore, the campus is monitored 24/7 to ensure the
safety of Woods students, faculty and staff.
Mike (Wills) who is very aggressive about safety and makes sure everyone’s kids
students to understand it can happen to them,” says Wills. “Everything I do, I
do like it’s my own children in those halls.”
put out a mock residence hall room fire in 2008 to show William Woods
University students the dangers of fire.
mock residence hall room after a demonstration in 2008.