Fire safety to ignite UK campus

Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed September Campus Fire Safety Month.

Robert Mock Jr., UK vice president for Student Affairs, accepted the proclamation on behalf of UK.

According to UK fire statistics for 2009, UK had 28 fires on campus that required action to be extinguished, eight of those fires occurred in or near campus residences.

Through Campus Fire Safety Month, Mock said UK was “addressing the students needs at the most basic level.”

Mock said UK wants its students to be “safe and able to be educated.”

According to a UK news release, the UK Office of the Fire Marshal will host five Campus Fire Safety events throughout the month of September, one on every Wednesday.

Scheduled events include a smoke tent, fire extinguisher training and free t-shirts, according to the release.

Ryan Smith, UK Student Government president, said the events will help educate students.