Passport to Fire Safety will:
· Increase students’ awareness of fire prevention methods
· Provide students with an enhanced level of standardized protection while living and studying abroad
· Help students and universities navigate differing fire safety standards from country to country
· Get the appropriate fire safety products in the right place at the right time
Passport to Fire Safety is a program aimed to improve the safety of U.S. students studying abroad by equipping students with portable fire safety products such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and escape ladders.
The program is important because more students are crossing borders than ever before. In fact, the Institute of International Education reports approximately 280,000 U.S. students studied abroad in 2012 – and those numbers are expected to continue climbing. For many college students, the opportunity to study abroad is one of their greatest adventures and where preparation often centers on personal safety and cultural differences, students, parents and universities may overlook the risk of fires in countries where smoke alarms and other fire safety devices may not be present or up-to-date.
Passport to Fire Safety is led by a coalition of organizations dedicated to protecting students abroad including The Center for Campus Fire Safety, and the Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation, which was founded in Jasmine’s memory after she died in a Paris fire in 2011. There were no working smoke alarms in the residential fire that killed three other exchange students and seriously injured dozens. Kidde Fire Safety and George Washington University are also part of the coalition.