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Fire Safety Tips

On October 13th, approximately 800 students learned about fire safety at the 14th Annual Neighborhood Smokeout. Then, on October 20th, 150 people trained hands-on with fire extinguishers at Kennedy Union Plaza, including nine members of the Rec Plex staff and nine members of our Facilities Management Grounds staff.  This was our most successful fire safety educational outreach to date. Thank you to everyone that made it so successful.

Fire safety is important all year. However, with fall in full swing and winter on the way, here are some seasonal tips. If you didn’t change the battery in your smoke and CO detectors on November 1st when we started daylight savings, make sure you change it today.   

Get your heating system cleaned, inspected and serviced by a certified contractor. If you use space heaters at home, make sure they have an automatic shut off and always keep at least three feet of clear space around them. Never place anything on or hang anything above a space heater to dry. Space heaters are prohibited anywhere on campus unless approved by the Director of Energy Utilization and Contractor Compliance and supplied and installed by Facilities Management.

If you use a fireplace, get your chimney inspected and cleaned. Always use fireplace screens. Never use flammable liquids to start a fire in a fireplace.

Open burning, bonfires, portable fireplaces and other recreational fires are prohibited on university owned property. If you engage in these activities at home, be sure you know the rules specified by the state and local fire codes.  

The use of turkey fryers is prohibited on university owned property. Underwriters Laboratories and the National Fire Protection Association advise against using them at all because they can lead to serious burns and fires. If you plan use one at home, be sure you know how to safely use it and take all manufacturers precautions to protect yourself and your home.

With safety culture at home and at work, we and our families can enjoy autumn while avoiding hazards that come with the season. If you would like more fire safety information, stop by my office or drop me an e-mail and I’ll be glad to help you out. Happy Thanksgiving! Hey, let’s be careful out there! 

Sean Englert, MPA
Life Safety & Loss Prevention Specialist

14th Annual Neighborhood Smoke out - October 13, 2015

Hands on Fire Extinguisher Training - October 20, 2015

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