Remember! Your safety begins with you. It is difficult to work or learn in an environment where you do not feel safe or secure. Please consider the following thoughts in an effort to make your time at Sage as safe as possible:
Trust your instincts
Learn the campus and surrounding neighborhoods
Consider self defense or personal protection training
- Make it a lifestyle
Consider personal protection devices
- Practice with them
Remember alcohol and drugs affect decision making and motor skills
- When you most need these skills!
Know the location of emergency phones and CCTV cameras
Know the names of campus buildings and roads
Report lights out, doors unlocked and locks not working
Carry your cell phone ON
Inventory your valuables
Lock your door
Don’t give your key or other access devise to anyone
Report the loss or theft of your key or access device immediately
Don’t carry your keys or access devices with your identification
Don’t prop open exterior doors
Report strangers to Public Safety
Report suspicious persons or behavior to Public Safety
In the neighborhood:
Walk with another
- The single most important safety tip!
Know your location, destination and route
Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back
- Head up, make eye contact
- Avoid cell phones, headphones, earbuds
Walk well lit and populated routes
Walk facing traffic
Keep hands free
Have keys, access devices ready to use
- Go into the street
- Approach a stranger
- Enter a business
- Flag down a car
Avoid posting information that could be used to locate or identify you
Limit access to your information and photos to those you know and trust
Avoid disclosing financial information
Avoid personal meetings with those who you meet on line
Avoid software that allows others to locate you via GPS
In your vehicle:
Keep it locked at all times
Keep it in good running order and gassed
Have your keys ready as you approach your car
Look underneath the car and in the backseat before you enter
Conceal valuables in the trunk or under the seat
Park in well lit areas that are viewed by a camera
Prevent fires from occurring
- Remove combustibles
- Avoid sources of ignition
- Don’t overload electrical outlets
- Don’t use extension cords
- Cook only where permitted and never leave cooking unattended
Keep fire safety systems in good working order
- Report emergency lighting and exit signs that are not working, and fire extinguishers that are missing
- Do not tamper with fire detection, warning or suppression systems
- Smoke detectors, heat detectors, pull stations, fire alarm, sprinkler heads, fire extinguishers
Plan your escape
- Know several routes out of your building
- In the event of a fire alarm, leave the building quickly but safely
- Participate in fire drills
- Do not use elevators
- Feel doors for heat before opening; if hot, use another route
If you discover a fire
- Sound the alarm
- Call 911 or Public Safety at 244-3177
- Use a fire extinguisher if trained and you can do so safely
Living off campus?
Some questions for your landlord:
Are working smoke detectors installed in every bedroom?
Are there at least 2 ways to exit your bedroom and building?
Is there a fire escape?
Is there a sprinkler system?
Are there exit signs and emergency lighting?
Are there sufficient electrical outlets?
Does the building have a fire alarm system?
Has the heating system been inspected recently?
Is the building’s address posted prominently for emergency services?