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Safety demonstrations and classes to be held at New Mexico State University

The new emergency alert system at New Mexico State University will be featured at this year's Safety Week Aug. 25-28. A safety fair, safety training and a mock dorm fire are also among the scheduled events.

emergency alert system will be tested campuswide sometime after the Labor Day holiday, said Katrina Doolittle, director of the Environmental Health and Safety Office.

"With this new system, phone calls will be made automatically to all campus phones, including dorm rooms, if there is an emergency situation on campus," Doolittle said.

Throughout the week there will be video demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions on the new emergency alert system and emergency action plan classes.

"We want to give people on campus the opportunity to learn about the new system and have a chance to ask questions about it," Doolittle said.

CPR training classes are scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 28. A hazardous waste management class will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26. Registration is required for both classes, which will be held in Genesis Center B Room 102.

A Safety Fair is scheduled to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, on the International Mall at the top of the Horseshoe. The fair will feature the latest in personal safety, ergonomic office furniture and first aid kits. There will also be seat belt and car seat inspections, fatal vision goggle and Breathalyzer demonstrations, fire safety information and waste battery collection.

A Get Out, Stay Out fire safety information session with a mock dorm fire demonstration will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in the parking lot east of the Alumni Avenue residence hall.

The University Fire Department will build and furnish a full-size model of a dorm room inside an 8-by-20 foot metal shipping container. The model dorm room will be set on fire using the kind of event that might accidently occur in a real dorm room, such as dropping a cigarette into a wastebasket or tipping a candle over on a table.

The University Fire Department will stage two mock dorm fires which will not be part of Safety Week, said Fire Chief Darrell Smith. One will be Saturday, Aug. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot west of the fire station and the other will be Thursday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. in the parking lot east of the Greek Complex.

Also, each day of Safety Week there will be one fire evacuation drill at various non-residential facilities on campus.

Safety Week is sponsored by New Mexico State's Environmental Health and Safety Office, Office of Facilities and Services Training and Safety, Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Police Department. This is the second year the university has held Safety Week.

For more information about Safety Week, contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office at (505) 646-3327 or visit www.nmsu.edu/~safety.