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Entertaining and celebrating with family and friends is what the holiday season is all about.

This year, take some time to learn about potential fire hazards related to Christmas trees, cooking, candles, decorations, electrical cords, and heating devices.

Keep your holiday parties safe with these U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) tips:
  • Test your smoke alarms and tell your guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Fill the tree stand with water every day. 
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking at high temperatures like frying, grilling or broiling.
  • Ask people who smoke to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them, so young children do not touch them.
  • Keep doorways and exit paths clear of furniture and decorations.

Find more holiday and fire safety information on the USFA Holiday Safety page.
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Construction is booming on campus. New buildings are going up and older spaces are being renovated. This has resulted in a number of laboratories relocating or planning for relocation. Just as moving a home requires advance planning for a smooth transition, moving an active lab involves a coordinated effort to safely and efficiently empty the old space and occupy the new one.

Because some of the materials and equipment in these laboratories are hazardous or regulated, the Department of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) has designed a series of forms and guides to streamline the process. Information can be found here. Please contact us as soon as you know the approximate date of your lab move so that we can assist in the closeout of the lab. It is especially important that radioactive materials, controlled drugs used in research, and chemical and biological hazards be moved according to state and federal requirements. The lab closeout checklist can provide guidance.

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Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 5. When turning your clock back one hour, make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working, and check that the batteries have plenty of charge. It is also a great time to check the expiration dates of your emergency supplies.

A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery can be the same as having no smoke alarm at all.