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Fire Safety Tips


UTSA EHSRM Office Observes Fire Prevention Week with Ten Fire Safety Tips to Live By

It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 UTSA Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management (EHSRM) is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters and safety advocates will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires—most of which result from unattended cooking—and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.

According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.

Among the safety tips that you can use to prevent kitchen fires are:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
  • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
  • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.
  • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.

Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

www.fpw.org (National Fire Prevention week website)

At UTSA, the EHSRM Fire Prevention Team continues to expand opportunities for people at UTSA to escape the fire. We do this through space and event inspections, equipment maintenance, oversight, preparedness exercises, and investigations of occupant reports. This fall, ESHRM will continue inspections in all residence halls, including the newly-constructed San Saba Hall. We will also accompany inspectors from the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office around campus as they review our conditions.

Please see our Top 10 Fire Safety Tips to Live By, and contact us at 458-5250 with any fire safety questions or concerns.