Fire facts for fire prevention week

Posted by Lori Shull - Thursday, October 10 2013
lshull@tntech.edu

 

October 7-11 is Fire Prevention Week. As we go through this week, Campus Safety and Environmental Services will include reminders and facts to ensure you are fire wise.

Fire Fact #1: Fire sprinklers, in combination with smoke alarms, can reduce the risk of dying in a fire by 82 percent. Arrange furniture and decorations to ensure all automatic fire sprinkler heads are clear and never hang anything from fire sprinklers. http://www.pbfeducation.org/courses/igot2kno

Fire Fact #2: According to the Center for Campus Fire Safety, since 2000 over 90% of campus related fires occurred in non-university-owned facilities (i.e. apartments, fraternities, etc.). These deaths are not only limited to the building residents, but visitors as well. To prevent becoming a statistic, remain Fire Wise, especially when at a party. Tips: Know an alternate exit, Make sure that smoking materials are placed in ash trays, http://www.pbfeducation.org/courses/igot2kno

Fire Fact #3: Hollywood lies. When one fire sprinkler is activated, it does not mean that they will all be activated. Fire sprinklers use a heat sensitive plug that melts at 135 degrees F. Only when the individual sprinkler reaches over 135 degrees does it activate. When fire sprinklers are activated, it usually only takes one or two sprinklers to extinguish a fire.

Fire Fact #4: Mom was right, a messy room really is a safety hazard. During this time of the year we see many halls become cluttered. In the event of a hazard the objects not only make it difficult to evacuate from a smoky hallway, but could also increase the chance of creating a fire or having one get out of control. Reducing tripping hazards by keeping exits and hallways clear of furniture and debris also helps to prevent non-fire-related accidents and injuries.

Fire Fact #5: According to the National Fire Protection Association, 75 percent of reported dormitory fires were caused by cooking equipment. Here are some safety tips: Cook only where it is permitted; Stay in the kitchen when cooking; Cook only when you are alert. Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean.