Risk Management & Safety

Please note that the information in archived safety tips may not reflect current policies. These are maintained primarily as a historical archive. For the latest policies, check other sections of the RMS website.

May 2008: Pigeons

Although friendly, gentle and a part of our society, pigeons are generally filthy disease-carrying birds and cause property damage.

Pigeons are known to carry and transfer diseases to both people and livestock due to their droppings. Among common pigeon diseases are:

  • Ornithosis
  • Encephalitis
  • Toxoplasmosis Newcastle disease
  • Cryptococcosis
  • Salmonella food poisoning

If UNLV can keep their numbers to a minimum, this would reduce the health risks associated with these creatures and preserve UNLV's property.

Current treatment for the birds includes techniques that discourage the birds from feeding in this area but doesn't kill the birds. However, when the pigeons obtain food from other sources, the ethical treatment then competes with the other sources.

May 2008: Fire Safety

On May 7, 2008 in Syracuse, NY, three State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry students were hospitalized as a precaution after they escaped from a burning home. In a desperate attempt to get out of the house, one of the residents jumped from a second floor window.

On May 6, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas, more than 100 students were displaced from their dormitory when a fire damaged a historic building on the campus of Our Lady of the Lake University.

On May 1, 2008 in Wilberforce, Ohio a dormitory fire injured five Central State University students, including one who jumped from a third-story window. People panicked because the building was on fire. The student who jumped from the third-floor window said the door to the stairway was hot and he didn't know how long it would take for rescuers to arrive. The smoke was just so thick and so intense that it was intimidating.

Fortunately no one was killed or seriously injured in any of these fires.

Here are some simple tips that can save your life:

  • Always know two ways out. Have an exit strategy!
  • Maintain and regularly test smoke alarms.
  • Take each and every alarm seriously.

PLEASE assist us in maintaining a safe campus. Burns can cause severe pain and disfigurement. Property damage can shut down a facility. Valuable research—a life's work—can be destroyed in minutes.

For more information, visit firesafety.gov.

February 2008: How to react to an active shooter situation on campus

The Department of Risk Management and Safety has added a video entitled "Shots Fired" to its online training program.

The material covered in this 20-minute video will inform personnel how to react to an active shooter on campus, empower individuals to take responsibility for their own safety; and give them the tools and mind-set to survive an active shooter situation.

Consider this quote from Chief T.L. Walters at Eastern Washington University:

"Utilizing the training material in 'SHOTS FIRED' has increased awareness in personal safety for our students, faculty and staff. After presenting the "SHOTS FIRED" video to our campus community the response has been very positive…. Since our first presentation to our president's staff and faculty we have been overwhelmed with requests to view 'SHOTS FIRED.' An outstanding training tool for our campus community!"

Personnel can view this video from their desk via the RMS online training program.

To access this video, please go to the Online Training page of the RMS website and choose "SHOTS FIRED". The video will start automatically; so please be patient while it loads.

This document was last modified on August 30, 2019.