"Do NOT trust the 'popcorn' setting," said campus security corporal Joel Schuldt.
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A large percentage of fire calls in employee areas on campus are traced straight to campus microwaves, Schuldt said.
Supervise those microwaves
The prominence of microwave-related campus fires led Schuldt to give out a bit of cooking advice.
"If you're cooking something in the microwave," he said, "don't walk away."
This could be awkward
You may have a surprise waiting for you when you get back -- firefighters and security officers.
When a fire alarm sounds at UNMC, it's standard procedure for OFD to respond with a truck, Schuldt said.
But, Schuldt said, firefighters may start to roll their eyes when a call comes in from UNMC.
Rock smashes scissors but fire burns paper
Schuldt imagines "rock, paper, scissors" paper games among local firefighters to see who has to throw on the equipment and race off to UNMC.
Don't misunderstand. Safety officers are eager to investigate any and every alarm. They'd rather it be nothing than miss a real threat.
If it's a curious kid who causes a false alarm, firefighters will gently get down to the child's level to talk about it, Schuldt said. Maybe even take the kid out to see the truck. But when it's yet another adult who can't cook popcorn?
For best results ...
Do not be on the other end of that withering stare. Remember this important, really scientific safety tip:
"If smoke starts coming up from it," Schuldt said, "it's done."