SOURCE: Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

September 11, 2007 18:59 ET

Kent State to Host National Fire Safety Kickoff Event, Sept. 12

KENT, OH--(Marketwire - September 11, 2007) -

WHAT:         The national kickoff of Campus Fire Safety Month will be held
              on the Kent Campus of Kent State University. The event is a
              safety awareness partnership between Kent State, the City of
              Kent and the Ohio Fire Safety Coalition.

              Activities will include training and fire-safety awareness
              programs for students; mock student-room "burn" and smoke
              trailer demonstrations; a press conference with the Ohio
              state fire marshal; representatives of the university, city
              and Ohio Fire Safety Coalition; Ed Comeau of the national
              study group Campus Firewatch; and the parents of a Miami
              University student who died in an off-campus fire in
              Oxford, Ohio.

WHEN:         10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Event; 11:30 a.m. Press Conference
              Wednesday, Sept. 12 (rain date - Sept. 13)

WHERE:        Manchester Field, Kent Campus (east of Kent Student Center)
              For directions to the Kent Campus, visit

B-ROLL VIDEO: B-roll video will be available courtesy of Underwriters
              Laboratories. For information on obtaining video, please
              contact Amy McEvoy, Rhea & Kaiser Marketing Communications,
              630-200-2739 or

BACKGROUND:   Now in its third year, national Campus Fire Safety Month
              seeks to educate and inform students and parents of the need
              for fire prevention, especially in off-campus housing, where
              80 percent of fatal college-related fires occur. Ohio leads
              the nation in the number of campus-related fire deaths, so
              organizers of the event want to bring the message home to
              Ohio students and the rest of the nation. Kent State was
              chosen to host the event because of the university's efforts
              to protect its students through fire safety education

              For more information, visit

Contact Information

    Scott Rainone