(Oct. 3, 2013) -- National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12, and the UTSA Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management (EHSRM) is joining with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to "Prevent Kitchen Fires." Actively supported by fire departments across the country, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance.
Additionally, in the event of an emergency, it is important to have an exit strategy from the workplace and home to help ensure safety. Talk with colleagues and family members to make this plan.
At UTSA, the EHSRM Fire Prevention Team monitors the campuses to be certain UTSA community members can escape a fire. This is done through space and event inspections, equipment maintenance, oversight, preparedness exercises and investigations of occupant reports. This fall, ESHRM will continue inspections in residence facilities and will accompany inspectors from the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office around campus as they review conditions.
During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters and safety advocates will spread 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 the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.
These are some of the safety tips to help prevent kitchen fires:
For more information, contact UTSA Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management at 210-458-5250.
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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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