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Safe Passages

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David Guynn and RAMSES teach "PASS" to a UNC student

Fire Marshal David Guynn

Hello Emergency Coordinators –

Imagine your first time visiting the UNC campus and how overwhelming it was. It might have been for a job interview, or your first day as an undergraduate, or your first time at an athletic event. Where do you park? How do you know where you’re going? Where’s the particular room that you’re looking for? It doesn’t take long, however, to learn your way around and become comfortable.

It’s natural for us to become comfortable in our workplace. It can be an issue, however, when we become so comfortable that we don’t notice emergency equipment or can’t remember where it’s located.

Without getting up from your computer-no cheating!-think about the following questions:

• Where is your nearest fire alarm pull station?

• Where is the nearest fire extinguisher?

• Does anyone in your building know CPR?

• Who should I talk to for more information about what to do in an emergency?

All of us in Fire Safety have posted a little something so that you can hopefully answer these and more questions.

This is information that all employees should know, but is often forgotten or overlooked through the course of our everyday job duties. As Emergency Coordinators, we should always make an effort to walk through our department with the eyes of a new employee to make sure that we are aware of the location and status of all emergency equipment in your area.

As you read through this issue, take a look at the things that UNC Fire Safety does every day to enhance safety throughout the University, and never forget that we are your partners in creating and maintaining a safe working environment for students, faculty, and staff. Take particular note of our continuing efforts in emergency planning in the workplace, and strongly consider working with us to develop a comprehensive Emergency Action Plan for your department. Help us answer those questions I asked above, and help us promote an atmosphere of safety for all of your employees. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your service as an Emergency Coordinator.


David Guynn
University Fire Marshal

In This Issue

• 8000 Extinguishers Are Ready to Go

• False Alarms Are No Laughing Matter

• What Can Fire Safety Do for You?

Do you have a fire safety question? Don't know who to contact? E-mail firesafety@unc.edu!