They plan to set fire to a simulated dorm room to illustrate how quickly the whole room can go up in flames when a lighted candle touches common items like bedspreads, curtains, books and paper.
The demonstration is set for noon today on the Campus Green. The fire will be extinguished by Cobb County emergency responders.
University housing and safety officials also plan to offer fire safety and prevention tips.
The demonstration is part of the university’s observance of National Fire Safety Month.
School officials say KSU residence halls, which house about 3,500 students, have fire sprinklers in every room and fire extinguishers on every hall.