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Cooking Can Be Hazardous to College Life

By Staff Editor
Aug 5, 2013 - 1:25:59 PM

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( - August 5, 2013 - Dallas - According to "I'll Miss You Too: An Off-to-College Guide for Parents and Students," some of the biggest parental fears surrounding sending kids off to college focus on safety issues. While safety is a top priority, fear of kitchen fires probably ranks well below safety concerns about drugs, alcohol, crime and other campus issues.  According to Guardian Safety Solutions International (, college fires should move up to the top of parents and university housing concerns since 72 percent of college campus fires are cooking related. Cooking fires also cause more than $25 million in damages to college campuses each year.

"With many students living in off campus apartments, parents and university officials should know that 60 percent of apartment fires are started by cooking equipment," said Paul Rouse, Guardian Safety Solutions International (GSSI) administrative officer. "There are so many distractions for young adults in today's busy world - texting, answering an email, friends come to visit - they begin to cook a meal and easily forget about it.  Next thing you know, whoosh, a fire starts consuming the stove, curtains and other flammable material in the kitchen," he said.  The National Fire Protection Association says that cooking causes almost half of all fire fatalities each year, and 20 percent of fire deaths are drug or alcohol related.

"These statistics are the core of our "Guardian Solution,' or range top suppression system which can be easily installed or retrofitted into new or older student housing," said Rouse. "The time to protect college students against a range top fire is before it strikes.  By simply installing the Guardian, colleges and universities, as well as apartment owners who cater to college kids, can rest at ease knowing that potential cooking fires stand no chance in a Guardian protected kitchen." See how the Guardian works here.

The Guardian is designed to detect and extinguish cooking fires and at the same time prevents re-ignition. Once it detects heat at a pre-determined temperature, a signal is sent to release the extinguishing agent to suppress the fire and to shut off the gas or electric supply to the stove in order to prevent reigniting.  The design of the system offers:

  • automatic operation
  • continuous 24-hour protection
  • concealed installation
  • easy clean-up
  • proven reliability

"Putting the fire out quickly is imperative to minimize damage and injury to students," Rouse said. "The Guardian system provides that speed and protection."

For more information, contact GSSI at 800-786-2178 or visit Visit on Facebook at and on Twitter @GuardianSSI.

About GSSI

Protecting families worldwide since 1985, Guardian Safety Solutions International Inc. is the recognized leader in the development and manufacturing of residential range top fire protection systems. GSSI's mission is to develop and distribute quality safety products that provide customers with peace of mind, while protecting lives and property. See ICC-ES Listing No

PMG-1166 at\pmg.

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