UTICA -- As college students prepare to return to campus, Utica fire officials promote using ‘situational awareness’ to put safety first, including being cautious when using appliances in dorms and identifying exits in classrooms.
Although microwaves are allowed in many dorms, Capt. Joseph Puleo of the Utica Fire Department says students should be cautious because they can still pose a fire hazard.
"Be aware of your surroundings, be aware of the exits in any space or any room that you're in; whether it's your dorm or…classroom setting. In today's world, with the things that are happening, you have to be aware of how to get out of an area so situational awareness is really important," said Puleo.
Puleo also stresses the importance of following safety protocols, including exiting a building when the fire alarm goes off regardless of the time or weather.