The Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation has partnered with the Center for Campus Fire Safety, Kidde Fire Safety Products, and the George Washington University to launch a program that will make life-saving fire prevention equipment easier to access overseas.
“Passport to Fire Safety” is a new program created for the 280,000 U.S. college students traveling abroad each year to prepare for the increased risk of fire-related incidents outside the United States. The program will streamline access to life-saving fire safety equipment such as smoke alarms and portable escape ladders for students and educators in study abroad programs around the world.
Currently, travelers and study abroad program administrators can use the website www.passporttofiresafety.org to order smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and escape ladders with free shipping to several countries in Europe.
“Passport to Fire Safety” was created by a coalition of fire safety organizations including The Center for Campus Fire Safety, Kidde Fire Safety Products, the Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation, and The George Washington University. The program was launched at Universities across the country in September during National Campus Fire Safety Month.
In 2011, Jasmine Jahanshahi died in a Paris apartment fire that killed three other exchange students and seriously injured dozens more. The building did not have working smoke alarms or escape ladders. “For many students, the opportunity to study abroad is a highlight of their collegiate experience,” said Tom Hayden, a Board member and George Washington University Inspections Supervisor. “While preparation often centers on personal safety and cultural differences, students and families may overlook the risk of fires in countries where smoke alarms and other fire safety devices may not be required in homes or up-to-date.”
The program will focus initially on students studying in Europe with plans to expand as the coalition develops. “This partnership resolved the logistical challenge of shipping this equipment to students around the world so that our organization can continue to focus more on awareness and education,” said Sarah Blanc, a Board member of the Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation.
Visit www.passporttofiresafety.org to learn more about the program, choose from a variety of battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, fire escape ladders, and fire extinguishers.
“Together we can save the lives of other bright students, today and in the future,” said Reza Djahanshahi, Jasmine’s father and president of the Foundation. To learn more about The Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation, visit www.firesafetyfoundation.org.