(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.
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