Dangers of cooking and alcohol consumption highlighted during Campus Fire Safety Month


Por LisaMarie Sinatra

It’s widely known that drinking and driving don’t mix, but not much has been said about the dangers of drinking and cooking. Yup, you heard rightaccidents can and do happen in the kitchen when alcohol consumption is involved.

This week, as we continue our conversation about campus fire safety, please consider all safety measures when cooking in your college apartment, whether you’re on campus or off. We’ve all been there (yes, even those of us a bit older than college age) … coming home after a party and scrambling around the kitchen to prepare a meal to satisfy our hunger. Did you know that most dorm fires occur in the evening between the hours of 5 pm – 11 pm, and on weekends? If you stop and think about it, it makes sense. It’s when most of us are returning from a day or evening of socializing and enjoying a cocktail or two.

But as you know, alcohol severely impairs our motor and brain functions and that’s especially dangerous when we’re engaged in activities like driving a car, making important or life saving decisions and yes, even when we’re preparing a meal. Couple that with being tired and sleepy after a day of festivities and our risk for injuries shoots even higher.

So the next time you come home hungry after having a few drinks or if you’re tired and not feeling your very best, opt out of cooking any meals that require a stove or oven, and consider making something that offers fewer risks and is easy to prepare.

NFPA has some great resources that are easy to download and keep handy in your dorm room or on a bulletin board or your fridge in the kitchen. The campus fire safety infographic provides some quick tips and statistics that will keep awareness of cooking fire safety top of mind. Our campus and dorm fire safety sheet is a another great resource that provides a number of easy-to-remember tips you can check often to make sure you’re practicing all the right moves.

Find these and other resources on our campus and dorm fire safety web pages on NFPA’s website. Our friends and partner at the Center for Campus Fire Safety have additional safety information and a host of resources that you can read and share with friends, too. Check out their site and start your school year off on the right foot, and with safety first. NFPA cares!

Fuente:: NFPA – Información de seguridad

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams fundó el Instituto de Formación de Servicios de Bomberos en 1995 para encontrar soluciones a los desafíos que enfrenta el servicio de bomberos voluntarios. Él ha sido un miembro activo de la Asociación de Bomberos del Estado de California (SCAF) desde 1994, habiendo sido miembro de los comités de voluntarios y de relaciones públicas, y como subdirector división del sur. Se sienta en varias organizaciones locales, incluyendo el Consejo de Protección de Bomberos del Condado de Santa Barbara, los Tres Condados de Responsables de Capacitación de la Asociación, De Santa Barbara capítulo de CAER y es miembro fundador del grupo de Santa Bárbara PIO Emergencia Información Pública Comunicaciones (ÉPICO). Ha sido el autor de muchos artículos y columnista de un periódico local en materia de seguridad pública. Él es también el co-anfitrión de alerta comunitaria sobre KZSB AM-1290 en Santa Bárbara. Williams ha sido miembro de la Junta de Servicios de Bomberos del Estado de California desde 2008. Antes de involucrarse en el servicio de bomberos voluntarios, Williams era un oficial de policía de California para 12 ½ años y un Oficial de Entrenamiento de Campo Correo Certificado. Él es un investigador privado con licencia y consultor de seguridad especializada en auto asegurado, asignaciones de defensa del gobierno y de seguros.

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