Injury Prevention Around the Clock will focus on providing information to reduce the likelihood of injuries and/or adverse incidents on campus and beyond.
September is Campus Safety Month, and fire safety is always a top priority in new surroundings. Take a minute to ponder these six fire safety tips.
• Supervise all cooking to prevent smoke events that trigger alarms or worse, fires.
• Do you know where your exits are located in your dorm or College House and academic buildings?
• Are the hallways in your dorm or College House clear of clutter so everyone can easily exit and first responders can enter swiftly?
• No candles, camp fuel, open element heating devices, toasters, etc.
• Are your sprinkler system pipes and discharge heads clear of obstructions? Hang that tapestry on the wall instead of the ceiling. Use a drying rack to dry clothes instead of the sprinkler system.
• String lights are popular, but check to see that yours are UL rated. Only three strands can be hung together, and they should not hang over the doorway, to prevent entrapment.
Halko is the associate director of environmental health and safety.