Each year, approximately 2,000 fires occur on college and university campuses, killing 15 students, staff or faculty. More than half of the deaths involve alcohol use.
With that in mind, Union will host its fourth annual Safety Day Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in front of Reamer Campus Center.
Local fire departments, law enforcement and other agencies will join Campus Safety, Health Services, Emergency Medical Services and other campus groups in providing information on fire and personal safety.
At 1:15 p.m., there will be a mock dorm room burn.
Students who complete a Safety Challenge will win a free T-shirt.
"This is a good opportunity to remind the campus community about the dangers of fire and how best to be prepared," said Michael Hilton, Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance officer.
Agencies that will be present include New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Schenectady Fire Department, and the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department and its K-9 Team.