Roger Pugh, director of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) at West Virginia University, will accept on the department’s behalf the �€?Perks for Peers�€? award from the Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA), a division of the National Safety Council.

The award honors the �€?Up in Smoke�€? program at WVU , designed to promote fire and life safety awareness and to educate students and employees about the hazards of fire.

The third annual event was held last October. It involved a trailer designed for fire fighter training being filled with smoke to create the feeling of navigating through a smoke-filled room. Attendees also used fire extinguishers to try to put out a fire, and viewed displays showing how fires commonly get started in a campus setting .

The money from the awards competition will be used to enhance the �€?Up in Smoke program�€? by allowing EH&S to construct and burn a mock dorm room to demonstrate how fast a fire can spread and the effectiveness of a sprinkler system.

The �€?Up in Smoke�€? program was developed by WVU Environmental Health and Safety staff members Terri Konchesky and Roger Wright, who also prepared the award entry.

The award will be accepted July 17 during the International Conference on Campus Safety at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim , Calif.