NVC Holiday Break Safety

  • Do not leave any gifts in your vehicle in order to prevent break ins.
  • Report any smoke or fire immediately by calling Alamo College District Police at 210-485-0911. If you see something, say something.
  • It is the policy of the Alamo College District to prohibit all types of space heaters unless they meet the exemption in accordance with Board Policy C.2.1.,2.1.2 (Procedure) Portable Space Heaters 1.
  • All appliances and equipment must be Underwriter Laboratory (UL) approved.
  • Do not overload extension cords or outlets. If you need to plug in two or more appliance, get a UL-approved unit with a built in circuit breaker. Report any electrical hazards to your supervisor Facilities, or Risk Management.
  • Never use gasoline, kerosene, or similar flammables liquids indoors. Store in approved containers in well ventilated storage areas.
  • Familiarize yourself with the primary and secondary evacuation routes for your building.
  • Practice good housekeeping in the workplace. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment.
  • Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials. The clearance for storing items is 18” from the sprinkler head.
  • Smoking is prohibited on Northwest Vista campus.
  • Use and store chemicals in accordance with the Safety Data Sheet. Provide adequate ventilation when using and storing these substances.
  • Learn how to use fire extinguishers when training is offered. Verify extinguishers are serviceable.
  • Ensure all exit sign and flooding lighting is operable. If not, submit a work request to Facilities.
  • In kitchen areas, break rooms and specials events where cooking takes place, keep anything that can catch fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • If a fire starts in the microwave, turn off the microwave, and don’t open it until the fire is completely out. Unplug the microwave if it’s safe to do so.
  • Heat producing holiday lighting, flame candles and live holiday trees are prohibited. Exemptions are addressed in District procedure2.1.8 (Procedure) Holiday Decorations and C.2.1.2 (Procedure) Portable Space Heaters, Open Flames 2.

Direct any questions to Risk Management, Garvin Dansby at gdansby3@alamo.edu.


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