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

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Auburn University students will participate in Campus Fire Safety Month in September, a nationwide effort to raise fire prevention and life safety awareness on campuses.

"As we all know, Auburn is a very special and unique place. Unfortunately, however, our campus, like so many others across the nation, is not immune to the dangers of fire as we saw with the Lowder Hall fire in June," said Jon Haney, Auburn University safety and health specialist.

"The best way to survive a fire is to prevent one and prevention starts with education."

Auburn's Risk Management and Safety is hosting events to promote Campus Fire Safety Month. Free food, beverages and giveaway items will be available at each event: 

  • Popcorn and Prevention, Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-noon, Haley Concourse. Students can eat free popcorn while learning about cooking safety and preventing accidental fire alarms. 
  • Fire Department Day and Student Challenge, Sept. 13, 2-4 p.m., Student Center green space. Students will have the opportunity to hang out with local firefighters and take part in fun challenges. 
  • Fire Extinguisher Training, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Student Center main lobby. Students will learn how to safely use a fire extinguisher along with learning new firefighting technology, like the BullEx BullsEye Laser Driven Fire Extinguisher Training System. 
  • Guest speakers Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos and a showing of "After the Fire: A True Story of Heroes and Cowards," Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m., 2370 Haley Center. Simons and Llanos will share the story of their survival during a dormitory fire at Seton Hall University in which three of their classmates passed away and 56 were injured.

"Their story is inspirational and is one that all students need to know," Haney said.

"We hope through Campus Fire Safety Month that students will realize they are not invincible, that fires do happen in campus-related settings and that students should take steps to protect themselves no matter where they live."

The schedule of events is available at More information about the "After the Fire" event is available at

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