By: Iesha Marshall
USC students were shocked to see how quickly their dorm room could go up in flames on Thursday.
The Columbia Fire Department built a mock dorm room and set it on fire for Fire Safety Awareness Day.
The demonstration showed how common items like hair dryers and laptops can easily spark and catch flammable items on fire.
Fire marshals inspect dorms and some of the fire hazards they look for are ones students use everyday.
"A lot of times we find these little small home use extension cords. Those are really bad as far as shortening out and providing a spark." said Todd Griffin
Educating students on fire safety is the Fire Marshall's first priority.
Freshman Natalie Hungate stays in a dorm and says the event was helpful.
"It's really important for them to come out here and support us so that we know in a case of emergency exactly what to do and where we should go." said Hungate.
The event also included other activities for students that informed them about fire safety.
"I've never used a fire extinguisher before and so it was really cool to be able to have that opportunity to use one and know how to work one." said Hungate.
They hope students will take the safety precautions to heart and keep USC a fire free campus.