GSU to hold fire safety demo

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -  A simulated dorm room will be burned to help educate Georgia Southern University students about the dangers of fire.

Georgia Southern University and public safety officials, including the Statesboro Fire Department will burn a mock dorm room on Wednesday.

The event, the first of its kind at GSU, is being held in ahead of September's National Campus Fire Safety Month.

Two furnished mock residence hall rooms made of wood frame will be burned to demonstrate fire safety procedures. One room will be equipped with a sprinkler system and one will not.  The university put commonly found hazards in the room and plans to demonstrate the potential impact of unsafe practices. Firefighters from the Statesboro Fire Department will stage a mock response call and then extinguish the fires.

The mock burn will take place at 7 p.m. near the Carruth Building on Forrest Drive.  There's also a student safety fair from 5 to 7 p.m.

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