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Employees Learn Fire Extinguisher Use, Heimlich Maneuver at Benefits Fair

EHS had a great turn-out at the Benefits Fair!

Environmental Health & Safety estimates that over 200 people were trained on how to use a fire extinguisher and the Heimlich Maneuver at the UT Employee Benefits Fair. The annual event occurred on Thursday, September 26, 2019. It is intended to help employees navigate the many benefits available to them, and it is a great opportunity for employees to meet the EHS team that helps keep them safe in the workplace.

Fire Fighting Competition

We had some exciting “competitions” for best time putting out the fire including some supervisor versus employee groups as well as one mother-daughter challenge.

Our winner for the best time was Jonathan Curry, Associate Director, CAPS Outreach Center with a time of 10.4 seconds!

Jonathan won a Fire Dog for his excellent fire extinguishing performance.

Our second-best time of 13.0 seconds was Liaren Gladfelter, Educational Specialist, CAPS Outreach Center.  And our third-best time of 14.2 seconds was Michelle McBee, Accounting Specialist I, Nuclear Engineering.

Heimlich Maneuver Training

EHS introduced many employees to “Choking Charlie”. Charlie simulates a person who is choking with an actual object trapped in his throat. Users were often surprised when their efforts ejected an actual foreign object.



Get Trained

Employees should stay up-to-date on appropriate emergency response as well as the prevention of accidents. For more information on training for your employees please contact EHS at or 865-974-5084.

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