Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Recent student housing fires in Minnesota, Maryland, California, Indianna, New York, Virginia, and Michigan have tragically cut short the lives of some og the youth of our nation; and 

Whereas Since January 2000, over 150 people, including students, parents, and children have died in student housing fires; and 

Whereas A majority of students across the nation live in off-campus occupancies, and over three-fourths of fire deaths occurred in off- campus housing; and  

Whereas A number of fatal fires have occurred in buildings where the fire safety systems have been compromised or disabled by the occupants; and 

Whereas Automatic fire sprinkler systems are a highly effective method of controlling or extinguished a fire in its early stages; and 

Whereas It is recognized that fire safety education is an effective method of reducing the occurrences of fire and reducing the resulting losss of life and property damage; and  

Whereas As students return to campuses across the Bay State this month, it is important to remind them of five prevention and safety, hoefully reducing loss of life from this hazard,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim  September 2013 to be,


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.


Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this Fourteenth day of August, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                    
Governor of the Commonwealth          

William Francis Galvin               
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts