WHEREAS, September is typically one of the worst times of the year for fatal campus-related housing fires and fatalities and as students return to school, Michigan joins the nation in promoting campus fire safety awareness; and,
WHEREAS, it is recognized that fire safety education of our college students is an effective method of reducing the occurrence of fires and the resulting injuries, loss of life and property damage, on and off campus; and,
WHEREAS, campus personnel, parents and students work together with the fire services in Michigan to ensure that on-campus residence halls, off-campus housing, and Greek housing are adequately protected with automatic fire sprinkler systems, alarm systems or adequate smoke alarms to provide early life-saving warnings to get out and stay out; and,
WHEREAS, during this month we continually work to raise awareness of the fire risks on and off campus, encourage Michigan universities and colleges to offer fire safety and prevention programs and urge young adults to know, practice and take the preventive fire safety measures that could save their lives; and,
WHEREAS, we make it a priority to educate our future generations about the importance of fire safety to help ensure their safety during their college years and beyond. By instilling fire safety practices in young people, future loss of life from fires can be significantly reduced;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2017 as Campus Fire Safety Month in Michigan.