Since 2000 more than 164 people have died in fires at colleges and universities. Four out of five of those occur in off-campus housing.

The Alarming Truth is a short film produced as part of a national campaign to raise awareness about fire safety among college students.

Funded under a Department of Homeland Security Fire Prevention and Safety grant, the film depicts a fire at an off-campus residence, and the unfortunate outcome that affects all those involved.

The video and campaign have been developed through the collaborative efforts of the Clery Center for Security On Campus, Campus Firewatch, Michael H. Minger Foundation, Rowan University, University of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Fire Department.

All colleges and universities are encouraged to make use of the free video and accompanying materials produced through this campaign.


Download the film:

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Alarming Truth .mp4 file
– 57 MB


Directions: Visit the Vimeo page and select the download button. There are several options.  For issues with the download, please contact Amy Guthrie.

A CLOSED-CAPTION version of the film or transcript file can be sent upon request. We recommend using the YouTube version if you need closed-captions and have internet access, since they are already included in that version.