Fire department shows first year students how to stay safe in the dorms
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Students at the University of Albany are getting ready for fall classes as they moved into their dorms on Thursday.
The Albany Fire Department and state fire officials are reminding students about how to stay safe in their new homes. Fire officials joined students from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to conduct a controlled burn of a dorm room.
The demonstration was put on for first year students. Fire officials say they want the students to be aware of fire escape plans.
"I have a greater challenge for you, as you see, what you are about to witness today, I want you to realize the threat of fire, how real it is, how serious it is and adopt a fire safe lifestyle," said Guy Swartout, Deputy Chief New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
Firefighters say two inhalations of this smoke and the chemicals in it is enough to take a life. They say most college related fires are due to a lack of knowledge of fire safety and prevention.