Fire Prevention

An OSFM fire prevention specialist inspecting a new facilityThe Prevention Division works to reduce the potential impact of fire and explosion hazards where people live, work, and congregate. This team focuses on inspecting facilities which pose distinct fire hazards and where the potential loss of life from fire is very high.

The division is also responsible for the promotion of fire safety and the education of building owners, operators, and occupants, and the general public. Both office and field personnel are active educators, presenting a variety of program topics across the state of Kansas.

Our office even employs a dedicated Education Consultant to work with local fire and law enforcement jurisdictions, helping to educate kids on fire safety and prevent them from starting fires.


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Governor Brownback declares September as Campus Fire Safety Month

OSFM | Aug 26, 2013
College students should keep fire safety in mind when heading back to campus.

TOPEKA – To raise awareness of the need for students and faculty to take fire safety seriously, Governor Sam Brownback has declared September as Campus Fire Safety Month.

The beginning of a new school year means classes, friends, sporting events, activities and parties. With such hectic lives, college students often don’t pay attention to one thing that could kill them: accidental fires. As the new school year begins, the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) wants to remind students to take action to protect themselves and their friends from fire.

According to Campus Firewatch, since 2000 there have been 162 deaths as a result of campus-related fires, with four out of five of these deaths occurring in off-campus homes, where a vast majority of the nation’s 18,000,000 students live.

The common factors associated with a number of these fires include:

  • Lack of automatic fire sprinklers
  • Missing or disabled smoke alarms
  • Careless disposal of smoking materials
  • Impaired judgment from alcohol consumption
  • Fires originating on upholstered furniture or decks or porches

“Many college students do not realize how quickly a fire can occur, and perhaps for the first time in their lives they are the ones in charge of ensuring they are living in a fire-safe environment,” said Doug Jorgensen, Kansas Fire Marshal. “Students need to realize that they are not invincible, that fires do happen, and that they can take steps to protect themselves – no matter where they live.”

For more tips on fire safety, visit the College & University page on the OSFM’s website.

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