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7 Ways to Stay Safe on Campus This Year

School starts at local colleges soon; here are some ways to stay safe.

College students are heading back to class this month. At , the first day of class is Aug. 27, but students will have begun moving in before then.

Whether you're an incoming freshman or a seasoned upperclassman, it's important to remember to stay safe on campus. Here are seven tips to keep in mind, courtesy of Street Safe, a personal safety company.

  1. Let friends or roommates know where you are going, who you are with and when to expect you home.
  2. Never leave outside doors propped open, and don’t let strangers into secured buildings or residence halls.
  3. A stranger is still a stranger, even if he or shes is a fellow student.  Do not accept a ride or go off somewhere alone with a person you don’t know.
  4. Do not drink in excess.  When you do so, your ability to make decisions becomes impaired, making you an easy target.
  5. When approaching your car or residence, have your keys in your hand and check the area for suspicious individuals or activity.
  6. When walking by yourself, keep expensive belongings such as laptops hidden. You will be less of a target.
  7. The beaten path is the better path.  Do not take short cuts, and familiarize yourself with the area before heading out.
John B. Bast August 17, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Here are some Campus Fire Safety Tips. All information is courtesy of Campus Fire Safety from the National Fire Protection Association. Look for fully sprinklered housing when choosing a dorm or off-campus housing. Make sure you can hear the building alarm system when you are in your dorm room. If you live in a dormitory, make sure your sleeping room has a smoke alarm, or your dormitory suite has a smoke alarm in each living area as well as the sleeping room. If you live in an apartment or house, make sure smoke alarms are installed in each sleeping room, outside every sleeping area, and on each level of the apartment unit or house. Never remove batteries or disable the alarm. Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing. If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room. When the smoke alarm or fire alarm sounds, get out of the building quickly and stay out. Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Cook only when you are alert, not sleepy or drowsy from medicine or alcohol. Check with your local fire department for any restrictions before using a barbeque grill, fire pit, or chimenea. Check your school’s rules before using electrical appliances in your room. If you smoke, smoke outside and only where it is permitted, Use sturdy, deep, non-tip ashtrays. Don’t smoke in bed or when you’ve been drinking or are drowsy.

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