Fire Brochure Page 5


Top Ten Tips for fire1.gif (1420 bytes) SAFETY at Texas A&M-Kingsville

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10.   Report Damaged Fire Equipment

Fire safety is EVERYONE'S responsibility.   If you notice any damaged fire equipment please report it immediately to you residence hall advisor, to the EHS Office at x2646 or to UPD at x2611.

9.   Use Water on Burns

If you happen to get burned, immediately apply cool tap water to the area for 10 to 15 minutes.  Do not apply ointments.   Ointments and jells should only be administered by a medical professional.  If the burn blisters or chars, seek medical attention.

8.   Stop, Drop and Roll

If you clothes are on fire - STOP, DROP and ROLL.  Rolling smothers the fire.  DO NOT RUN!

7.   Proper Storage

Proper material storage is an important fire preventative measure.  You can ensure proper storage by the following:

  • Dispose of trash and debris in a timely manner
  • Store boxes and containers in a proper space - not in hallways or near exits
  • Store flammable liquids in approved containers

6.   Proper Use of Electricity

A major source of fires are electrical fires.   You can take steps to preventing electrical fires by the following:

  • Use only UL approved electrical equipment
  • Inspect power cords for damage
  • Do not overload outlets

5.   Use Approved Cooking Appliances

Campus Housing has strict guidelines as to what appliances are allowed in the residence halls.  Speak with your Resident Director prior to having cooking appliance in your room.

4.   Use Caution when Cooking

Most of the residence halls and break rooms are equipped for heating foods.  Be aware that cooking-related fire are also a leading cause of fire-related deaths.  You can protect yourself from a cooking fire by the following:

  • Do not leave cooking foods unattended
  • Do not wear loose fitting, long clothing while cooking
  • Do not use water on a grease fire - place a lid over the pan and turn off the burner
  • Do not place metal objects in a microwave oven
  • Keep cooking areas clean of grease and debris

3.   Smoke in Designated Areas Only

Carelessly discarded cigarettes are the leading cause of fire deaths in North America.  Observe all "No Smoking" signs and the University's Smoking Policy as it relates to designated smoking areas.

2.   Know How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

The EHS Office periodically schedules fire extinguisher training sessions.  Speak with your resident hall director or a department director if you are interested in participating in a class.

1.   Know Your Fire Exits

Being prepared to exit a building in an emergency is one of your best reactions to an actual fire emergency.  Become familiar with your surroundings and at least two exits

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