“Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” by Harry J. Oster
According to the NFPA, smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. Their statistics show that smoke alarms reduce the chance of dying in a fire by half. But, they must be working properly to do so. The association’s data show that many homes have smoke alarms that aren’t working or maintained properly, usually because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in homes where smoke alarms are absent or non-functional.
Columbia University EH&S and the NFPA suggest the following to ensure that your smoke alarms are maintained and working properly:
Remember: fire is fast, dark and deadly. A fire can happen at any moment. Practice fire safety 365 days a year. For additional fire safety information, please visit the NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.
Welcome new EH&S Team Members! by Lauren Kelly
On June 1st, Keith Bottum joined our team as a Hazardous Materials Officer at CUMC. He will oversee hazardous waste daily operations at the Medical Center campus. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of North Carolina. Rebecca and Keith will be a great asset to our already successful Environmental team in leading the hazardous waste program at all of our campuses. Please join me in congratulating and welcoming them to our team.
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