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Fire prevention: Four focus areas to help reduce risk and increase safety at UTSA

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(April 5, 2011)--Fire does not occur often at UTSA, but everyone should be ready to react in an emergency. Safety experts have developed fire prevention and response procedures focusing on four major areas in order to reduce risk to building occupants:

  • Means of egress -- When a fire or other emergency occurs, occupants must have the chance to leave. Every step of the way, there must be a clear path to move from anywhere in a building to the sidewalk.
  • Electrical distribution -- Electrical supply directly from the wall to an appliance is generally safe. It is permissible to use an extension cord, but it must be unplugged from both ends and coiled for storage at the end of each day. Connecting plug strips and extension cords in any combination creates a fire risk.
  • Electrical use -- Even if a power supply is safe, electrical devices can be dangerous. Generally, UTSA building occupants may use only UL-listed electrical devices in the manner intended by the manufacturer.
  • Storage -- Collecting large quantities of any kind of paper, cardboard, wood dust or solvents creates a fire risk. Storage of such items that blocks extinguishers, alarm devices and sprinklers compromises these systems’ ability to protect.

UTSA Facilities and Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management staff members work to ensure that building systems -- including fire alarms, sprinklers and extinguishers, smoke separation doors, smoke control systems, emergency lighting and exit signs -- are in place and functioning.

As a state agency, UTSA works closely with the State Fire Marshal's Office to make sure buildings and systems are compliant with state standards. Periodically, fire marshal’s office representatives visit UTSA to evaluate compliance.


Fire safety

  • When an alarm sounds, get outside immediately. Have an exit strategy. Heat in structure fires builds rapidly. The longer it takes to evacuate, the greater the risk that occupants will become victims.
  • The effects of heat and asphyxia on occupants in a building climbs rapidly within only nine minutes.
  • Heat generation in a structure fire hits its peak within 10 minutes after fire ignition and doesn’t drop off significantly until after 18 minutes.
  • To help promote and sustain preparedness, consider volunteering for the UTSA Police Department Floor Captain Safety Liaison program, operated by the UTSA Office of Business Continuity and Emergency Management.

>> Read more in the UTSA Fire Safety Manual.

>> For more information on fire safety and safety training classes, visit the UTSA Fire and Life Safety website, email fire@utsa.edu or call 210-458-5809.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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