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UTSA Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12: 10 Fire Safety Tips to Live By

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(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.

>> Read the Ten Life Safety Tips to Live By checklist.

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:

  • 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 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 the stovetop.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and the stovetop.

For more information, contact UTSA Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management at 210-458-5250.

 

 

Did You Know?

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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