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Safety Isn’t Just for the Home – Tips for College Kids Heading Out on their OwnSeptember 29, 2015

Heading off to college for the first time is an exciting experience that most students will remember for the rest of their lives. However, in the midst of all the excitement, it is important for students to remember that this will also be the first time in their lives that they will be responsible for their own wellbeing. Below are a few handy college safety tips that every student should implement into their daily routines.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

It is important to familiarize yourself with your surroundings and ensure that basic safety measures are implemented all the time on campus. Don’t walk to and from any night classes alone, especially if there are areas along the way that are poorly lit – remember that there is safety in numbers. It is also important to safeguard yourself and your possessions when you are alone – one of the best ways to do this is by keeping your dorm room locked while you are out or asleep. Another college safety tip is to ensure that you do not allow yourself to become distracted by your phone or other tech gadgets to the point where you are not aware of what is happening around you.

Know Who to Call in an Emergency

Although every college has some form of on-site security, not many students know how to contact them in case of emergency. When familiarizing yourself with your new surroundings, it is not only important to note where the security offices are located; you should also ensure that you save their number on speed dial in case of emergency. When calling them, you will need to be able to tell them exactly where you are on campus, what has occurred and whether anyone is injured. If there are dedicated evacuation points, it is essential that you learn where these are located as well.

Don’t Party Alone

Although parties are a regular part of college life, they need to be enjoyed responsibly. When accepting invites, always ensure that you attend to party with a friend you can trust and that neither of you becomes too inebriated to remember anything afterwards. If you have to drive to the party venue, it is recommended that at least one of you refrains from drinking so that all of you can arrive safely at your dorms afterwards. It is also a good idea to ensure that you leave the party with the same people you arrived with so that everyone can watch out for each other.

It is also a good idea to ensure that you carry emergency cash and some form of self-defense item while navigating the college campus – even if it is something as basic as pepper spray. If a particular place, person or situation is making you feel uneasy for any reason, it is a good idea to distance yourself from it as quickly as possible and contact the nearest campus security officer for assistance.

 

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