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

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By 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 right … accidents 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!

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.


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