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Fire Safety UNIVERSITY of N ORTHERN C OLORADO
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Why learn about fire safety? 1 out of every 3 people will have an experience with fire in their lifetime Over 4,000 people die each year from fires, over 27,000 are injured 71 campus related fires and 102 fire fatalities have occurred between January 2000 and May 2010 More than 80% of these fires occurred in off- campus housing 40 campus related fires occurred from January 1 – February 19 in 2007 in the United States A small fire can grow very quickly and education gives you the training needed to make good choices
Planning Ahead Know your work area Keep aisles clear of clutter Know where your exits are located Never block exits Dont prop open fire doors Know the location of fire extinguishers Know how to operate Ensure access is not obstructed Know the location of fire alarm pull stations Have an escape plan! Know at least 2 ways out Communicate the importance of fire safety to fellow workers, students and guests
Where is the exit?
Fire Prevention Work safely! Electrical Safety: Frayed and cracked cords, overloaded plugs and circuits, extension cord use. Do not block exits, fire extinguishers, fire alarms Fire Extinguishers should be mounted Keep combustibles from heat sources Do not allow combustibles to pile up Store chemicals and flammable liquids properly Secure gas cylinders Work safely with chemicals Know your emergency procedures
High Fire Hazard Items Toaster ovens Hot plates George Forman grills Open-coil cooking devices Space heaters Modified light fixtures Homemade light fixtures Combustible lampshade Combustible decorations placed on light fixtures Halogen lamps Improperly used extension cords All open flame devices Candles Cigarettes Incense
Proper Extension Cord Use Plug cords directly into the wall. Plug appliances directly into Extension Cords Do NOT daisy-chain extension cords or power strips together Use power strips with built in breaker when multiple outlets are needed Ensure cords have 3 prong plug (ground)
Fire Evacuation Every alarm should be taken seriously! Get yourself out first Preplan evacuation routes, head count, meeting location Make plans for the worst case scenario and every scenario COULD A FIRE OCCUR??
Turner Hall Fire March 3, 1990 No deaths or serious injuries 700+ students displaced for the night ~55 students displaced until June
1999 UNC Sorority House Fire Cause of Fire : Discarded Match into a Waste Basket Location : Bedroom Injuries : 0 Damage Estimate : $40,000+ Number of Residence Displaced : 19
Sorority House Fire Entrance to Room Where Fire Started Inside the Room Where Fire Started
Sorority House Fire Inside the Room Where Fire Started
Sorority House Fire Room Across Hall, Door Open Room Across Hall, Door Closed
In case of a fire.....
In case of a fire Notify occupants near the fire area Activate the fire alarm system This will notify campus police and the Fire Department Quickly decide if you can extinguish the fire If not, GET OUT, closing all doors between you and the fire. Execute preplanned evacuation procedures Meet in designated meeting area for head count Share pertinent information with supervisor and Fire Department.
University of Northern Colorado Environmental Health & Safety or Call for questions or concerns! Protect Yourself