University safety tips
(NC) Now that university students are settled into school – whether in a residence hall or off-campus housing – it’s an important time to rethink safety. First Alert, a home and fire safety company, has some tips to help keep students protected both on and off campus.
Get equipped. According to Campus Firewatch, 86 per cent of college and university-related fire fatalities since 2000 have occurred in off-campus housing. Avoid a potentially dangerous situation by making sure the home is properly equipped to warn occupants of fire. Smoke alarms should be installed high on the walls on every level of the home, inside each sleeping area and in the basement. Also, keep a fire extinguishing device on hand for common cooking mishaps.
Stay “safe” and sound. Theft is the most prevalent crime committed on campuses, affecting an estimated three in 10 students, according to J.D. Power and Associates. Safes disguised as common household items like cleaners or candles, are an easy way for college and university students to store small valuables or extra cash. In addition, a laptop safe can help students secure their smart phone, tablet or laptop – which are some of the most commonly stolen items.
Know about CO. Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning in Canada and can affect students in both on- and off-campus housing. Plug-in CO alarms are simple for students to install themselves. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that CO alarms be installed on every level of a dwelling, including the basement, and outside each sleeping area.
Learn more school safety tips at firstalert.ca.
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