Bill would open fire safety info

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The country’s colleges and universities would have to provide students, parents and employees with campus fire safety information under legislation being considered in Congress.

The bill, known as the Campus Fire Safety Right to Know Act, would require colleges that receive federal funding to release records pertaining to fire safety systems in residence halls and statistics on the number of fires in those halls. Schools also would need to provide information on fire escape planning and education.

The bill was proposed in June for the third time since a residence hall fire at Seton Hall University claimed the lives of three students and injured more than 50 others in January 2000.