THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014
In a matter of days or weeks, many young people will be tasting their first experience of living away from home, as they begin their college education. The experience should be fun as well as enlightening. But it can also be dangerous for the unprepared. So, if your kids or heading to college or you know someone who is, here are some simple safety rules to share:
Fire: Make sure there are smoke alarms installed wherever you're living and that you have a fire escape plan. If you're in a dorm or other large building, find out where the fire escapes are.
Property Security: Don’t leave wallets/money, laptops and other valuable items unattended in your room unless you're the only occupant and the door is locked.
Auto Security: Try to park in a well-lit space and, if possible, within sight of your room. Always arm your car alarm when you leave the vehicle.
• Don't drink and drive and don’t travel with a driver who has been using either.
• Don't walk alone around the campus late at night, especially if you're a woman.
• If you must walk alone, don’t wear headphones.
• Walk away from altercations.
• Don't share computer passwords and other confidential information.
You'll possibly also discover that your school has its own safety program. If so, take the time to find out about it. It could be a life-saver.
Despite recent incidents and widespread publicity about them, most colleges and campuses have never experienced a serious shooting incident, but students should still know what to do if it happens.
If the shooting is outside and you can quickly get inside a building and lock the door, do so. Otherwise, look for somewhere near to hide. If there's nowhere, lay flat on the ground and stay still. Only call 911 if you're in a safe place and will not draw attention to yourself.
If the incident happens inside a building but outside the room where you're located, barricade the door and stay inside, turning off lights and remaining quiet. Turn off your cell phone ringer but don’t switch the device off. Consider sending a text message rather than calling 911, so you don’t have to use your voice.
These are common sense rules. Stillness and silence are the best way of remaining unobserved. And don't try to be a hero!
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