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  • Fire Prevention Month at UNC Asheville

    Posted: Wednesday, October 5 October has been designated as National Fire Prevention Month. Nationally, public safety departments across the country campaign to spread the word about fire safety.

    infographic with guidelines on smoke detector use and replacementThe UNC Asheville Environmental Health and Safety Department's campaign will focus on being prepared and knowing the actions to take in an emergency.  Planning and preparation are critical to ensuring our safety and the safety of those around us.

    Our fire safety campaign will include annual building evacuation drills.  Please remember it is mandatory to evacuate the building when the alarm sounds.  We have evacuation coordinators to check rooms to ensure everyone has evacuated the building during the drills.  Drills provide a good opportunity to identify the closest way out of a building and to recognize the sound of the emergency evacuation alarms.

    In addition, check out the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website for information on basic fire safety including maintaining smoke detectors, fire extinguisher use and making sure you have an evacuation plan.

    Finally, we will have our fire extinguisher simulator set up on the Quad each Friday in October from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  We invite you to come out to the Quad and get hands-on training in using a fire extinguisher. Check out this link to see a video on how to use a fire extinguisher.

    If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our Environmental Health and Safety Officer Sabrina Pittillo at or call 828-251-6038.

    Thanks you in advance for your support and cooperation during this important training event!