ALBANY, N.Y., Feb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week's fire in Oneida Hall on the University of Albany campus highlights two important fire safety messages. First and foremost, the importance of fire sprinklers and their proven technology. Secondly, we reiterate the safety warnings involving candles and their proper usage. Candles were the source of the fire that occurred on Monday, February 22, 2016. One fire sprinkler closest to the fire activated to extinguish the fire and no students died or were injured as a result.
"Thank goodness everyone is safe including the firefighters," said Dominick Kasmauskas, New York Regional Manager for the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). "The fire sprinkler activated to extinguish the fire, and the fire alarms notified students so they could evacuate and everyone made it out safely."
It's important to think about fire safety and make sure when you choose on-campus or off-campus housing during college that the residence has fire sprinklers and smoke alarms. Fire can and does have deadly consequences when fire sprinklers are not present.
"At NFSA, we are proud to support local fire officials, college leaders, state officials and all stakeholders as they work to keep citizens safe, in this case, college students," adds NFSA President Shane Ray. "We have witnessed too often the tragic outcome that occurs when fire sprinklers are not present. We celebrate the successful outcome in Oneida Hall that saved lives and property."
For more information about fire safety, including fire sprinklers, visit www.nfsa.org and join our efforts to share information regarding this life-saving technology.
CONTACT: Vickie Pritchett
SOURCE National Fire Sprinkler Association