The UAB Department of Occupational Health & Safety's mission is to ensure that our customers have a safe workplace by providing them with the service and knowledge necessary to protect themselves, the UAB community, and the environment.

Keep your children and pets safe during the summer heat.
  • Never leave your child or pet unattended in a car, even with the windows rolled down.
  • Always make sure all children & pets have left the car. Never leave a sleeping infant in the car.
  • Make sure safety restraints aren't too hot before securing your child.

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For more information regarding heat risk:
Each Fourth of July, many celebrate the holiday with barbeque, parties, boating, and generally having fun. It is, after all, a celebration of the country's independence. After the sun has set and the day's parties are winding down, another round of celebration cranks up by shooting off fireworks.

Enjoy the celebration of our country's independence but do so safely and responsibly. The misuse of fireworks account for a significant number of emergency room visits. Make sure you are around to see them this year and in the future.

View the Fireworks Safety Checklist
"What is the likelihood that I will be struck by lightning?" UAB Emergency Management is asked this question often.

The fact is that the annual per capita strike rate in the United States is around 1 in 600,000, and there are 7.7 casualties per million people per 100 million flashes. The odds are not great! However, this can vary depending on where you are, what the climate is like, and what your exposure happens to be. In Alabama, thunderstorms are more common than in areas along the Pacific coast so the chances of being struck are greater here than there.

Lightning does not make a thunderstorm severe. By definition, every thunderstorm has lightning in it. Lightning is one of the most dangerous aspects of a thunderstorm and can strike up to 10 miles away from the main area of the storm. If you can hear the thunder you are at risk of being struck by lightning. Because of this the National Weather Service has adopted the motto, "when thunder roars, go indoors". Remember to stay there for at least 30 after the last clap of thunder.

The National Weather Service provides educational information for each day of Lightening Safety Awareness Week:

The following video provides an excellent source of information.