Safety Tips

Safety Tips

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:

In general:

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!

On campus:

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

  • 244-3177

Report suspicious persons or behavior to Public Safety

  • 244-3177

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

Walk confidently

  • Head up, make eye contact

Pay attention

  • Avoid cell phones, headphones, earbuds

Walk well lit and populated routes

Walk facing traffic

Keep hands free

Have keys, access devices ready to use

If frightened

  • Run
  • Scream
  • 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

Fire Safety:

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?