WUSTL helps critique national fire safety video

Washington University was one of 60 universities invited to participate in a People’s Burn Foundation (PBF) pilot study on a PBF-produced fire safety video.

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety coordinated the project with the PBF.

The video, titled “To Hell and Back III: The College Years,” aims to educate college and university students on how to prevent or reduce the injuries and damage that can be caused by fires in campus housing.

The video was viewed by 20 undergraduates in January. The student volunteers were given a test before and after the viewing to see what information they absorbed.

The students also were invited to make suggestions on how the video could be better tailored to college and university students.

The PBF will review the students’ feedback and make appropriate changes to the video.

In April, the foundation will distribute the revised video free of charge to colleges, universities and fire departments throughout the United States.

The study is important because it is the first PBF educational tool that has been developed for college and university students. Previous educational tools were geared toward firefighters.

For more information about the PBF, visit peoplesburnfoundation.org.

For more information about fire safety or emergencies on campus, visit ehs.wustl.edu/emergency/emergencies.htm.