Be OsoSafe: Baylor Hosts Campus Safety and Awareness Day Sept. 25

Live Burn Demonstration
Photo of a "live burn" demonstration at Baylor in 2011 that demonstrated how quickly a fire can spread in a dorm room setting.
Sept. 24, 2012

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Contact: Lori Fogleman, (254) 710-6275

WACO, Texas (Sept. 24, 2012) - Baylor University will host "OsoSafe," the university's annual Campus Safety and Awareness Day from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, during Dr Pepper Hour in Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center.

At 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Baylor and the Waco Fire Department will hold a controlled "live burn" demonstration on Fifth Street across from the student center. A mock dorm room will be intentionally set on fire to demonstrate how quickly a fire can spread in a dorm room setting. Be aware that the controlled fire will produce heavy, dark smoke, which might concern others around Baylor who are not aware of the live burn.

(Video of last year's controlled burn can be viewed at this link:

Representatives from several university departments and local agencies will be available at Dr Pepper Hour to answer questions and share information about emergency services, health care, fire safety, crime prevention and computer and personal security. Among the organizations represented include the Waco McLennan Country Public Health District, Waco Fire Department, Waco/McLennan County Emergency Management, Baylor Police Department, Baylor Student Health Services, BearAware and the Office of Access and Learning Accommodation at Baylor.

"We are very excited to engage students, faculty and staff about the various safety measures available to them through the programs, distinctive knowledge and experience of the various Baylor and local organizations who will join us for OsoSafe," said Leigh Ann Moffett, director of emergency management at Baylor.

For more information, contact Moffett at (254) 710-6695.


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, classified as such with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest, continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.

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