Auburn University Campus Fire Safety Month




Auburn University's Campus Fire Safety Month (CFSM) is an annual university event during the month of September that coincides with the National Campus Fire Safety Month, which is an initiative founded by the Center for Campus Fire Safety to raise fire and life safety awareness on campuses. The CFSM at Auburn University is hosted by Risk Management & Safety's Fire Safety Program, and the inaugural event was held in 2016. The goal of the event is to help students have a greater awareness of the dangers of dormitory, residence hall and/or off-campus housing-related fires, and the steps they can take to prevent them or, if need be, survive them.

During the month of September, CFSM awareness activities are held on the Auburn University campus for each of the four weeks to kick off the start of the new school year with safety at the forefront. Students, faculty and staff are exposed to a wide variety of fire and life safety topics, tips, hands-on training opportunities and fun activities - some hosted in conjunction with other Auburn University units and/or local first responders and fire departments - throughout the month of September.

 "The best way to survive a fire is to prevent one, and prevention starts with education." - Jon Haney, RMS Safety and Health specialist

Why a Month Dedicated to Campus Fire Safety?

According to the Center for Campus Fire Safety, August and September are the worst times of year for fatal campus-related housing fires. Many students, possibly living away from home for the first time in their lives, do not realize how quickly a fire can occur, and most have not received fire safety education since elementary school. With the freedom to make their own choices for the first time, many students find an increased level of personal responsibility while at school. Despite the excitement of beginning college, students - and their parents - should try to keep fire safety top of mind. Consider these facts from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • From 2000 to 2015, 89 fires that killed 126 people occurred on college campuses, in Greek housing or in off-campus housing within three miles of the campus. Of these:
    • 76 off-campus fires caused 107 deaths
    • 7 on-campus building or residence hall fires claimed 9 victims
    • 6 fires in Greek housing took the lives of 10 people


The NFPA reports these are the top causes of fires:

  • Cooking / Cooking equipment
  • Smoking
  • Heating, such as space heaters
  • Candles
  • Electrical
  • Arson
Firefighter teaches proper water hose technique

A local firefighter teaches an Auburn student the proper technique for putting out a fire during the 2016 Campus Fire Safety Month 'Fire Department Day & Student Challenge.'

College Campus Fire Safety Tips  |  Dorm Fires Stats (Infographic)  |  Fire Safe College Housing

Auburn University's CFSM: Schedule and Sponsorship Information

The Auburn University Campus Fire Safety Month activities begin the first week of September. Please check this page periodically for updates on times and locations dependent on the weather forecast. Giveaways and prizes available at each event.

Wednesday, Sept. 6 - The AU Firefighter Challenge
Location: Student Center Green  |  1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“The AU Firefighter Challenge” will be hosted in conjunction with the City of Auburn Fire Department. This event will be an opportunity for students to get to know their local first responders, while highlighting careers in fire safety. Auburn firefighters will create a fire-related obstacle course, and students will be challenged to compete as individuals or teams for special awards and recognitions.

Monday, September 11 - Popcorn & Prevention
Location: Student Concourse  |  10 a.m. to noon

“Popcorn & Prevention” will highlight the dangers of cooking fires, along with educating on other potential dormitory fire hazards. Auburn RMS will go “boots on the ground,” handing out popcorn and fire hazard tip sheets to students on their way to and from classes.

Wednesday, Sept. 20 - Bullseye! Hands-on Fire Extinguisher Training Day
Location: Student Center, Main Lobby  |  11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The “Bullseye Training Day” will highlight the proper use of fire extinguishers while educating on life-saving responses when faced with a fire emergency.

Thursday, Sept. 28 - “After the Fire” Movie Night & Special Guest Speakers
Location: Foy Hall  |  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Nationally recognized motivational speakers and survivors of the 2000 Seton Hall University dormitory fire Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos will give a viewing of their documentary film “After the Fire.” This event will highlight the importance of having a safety evacuation plan and will wrap-up 2017 Campus Fire Safety Month.


The RMS Fire Safety Program is currently seeking sponsors for the 2017 Campus Fire Safety Month. Though the CFSM is an awareness activity specifically geared toward college students, outside sponsors should consider this when trying to decide if this event is a right fit for them:

College students educated in fire and life safety not only make safer, more responsible students on campus, but also safer, more reliable and responsible young professionals, future employees, consumers and community members.

Sponsorship participation not only helps increase involvement and engagement from our student body, bringing greater awareness to fire safety issues and making Auburn University's campus a safer place for students to live, learn and grow, but it also creates positive awareness and support of those sponsors who choose to be involved in such an important nationally-recognized safety movement. Sponsors may choose to support Auburn University’s 2017 Campus Fire Safety Month with a financial or in-kind contribution. Sponsors can also choose between three different monetary donation levels.

Please see our 2017 CFSM Sponsorship Materials for more details:
2017 Sponsorship Invitation Letter  |  Sponsorship Informational Flyer

For more information on supporting CFSM, contact Jon Haney at or 334-740-8727.

Media Contacts for Campus Fire Safety Month

The RMS Fire Safety Program experts have more than 10 years combined experience in the fire and life safety field.

Chris Carmello   Jon Haney

Chris Carmello, CSP
Safety & Health Programs


Jonathan Haney
Safety & Health Specialist

For interviews with our Fire Safety Program experts or for more information about the 2017 Campus Fire Safety Month at Auburn University, contact RMS Communications & Marketing Specialist Kati Burns at 334-844-2502 or 

Auburn University 'Campus Fire Safety Month' In the News:


8/24/17 - 2017 Campus Fire Safety Month to kick off in September

3/30/17 - Auburn RMS Campus Fire Safety video named a “Pearls of Wisdom” contest winner

9/20/16 - AU trains students in fire safety

9/13/16 - Auburn University Risk Management & Safety hosts Fire Department Day

4/30/16 - Auburn's Campus Fire Safety Month highlighted by guest speakers from 'After the Fire: A True Story of Heroes and Cowards'



Last Update: 7/26/2017