200 Days in the Life of the College

Tuesday, October 5

Don't try this at home

Ben Keller (in white shirt), a fire inspector from the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and Clinton Fire Chief Mark Young demonstrate how quickly a student’s room can go up in flames during a Fire Prevention Week demonstration using a mock room cubicle. The entire “room” is aflame in a minute, with the fire feeding entirely on materials inside, notes Brian Hansen, Hamilton’s director of environmental protection, safety and sustainability. Fortunately, this “worst-case scenario” is highly unlikely at Hamilton because residence halls are so well protected by sprinkler systems, Hansen says.