The Safety Tip of the Month is provided by U.Va.'s Office of Emergency Preparedness on the 11th of every month.
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell proclaimed Dec. 2-8 Winter Preparedness Week , reminding us that a little preparation can go a long way. We’ve listed a few things we think are particularly important for you to remember.
The semester is wrapping up and students will be heading home for the month-long winter break. Before you leave, be sure your stuff is secure.
- Apartment/Dorm safety:
- Make sure to close your blinds when you leave so you do not tempt thieves.
- Take home as many of your electronic items as possible.
- To avoid ugly consequences upon your return, clean out ALL perishables from your fridge before leaving.
- Make sure all appliances are off and unplugged?
- Shut and lock all doors and windows
As you head out, keep these things in mind.
- Road/Traveling safety:
- Make sure cell phone is charged and have an emergency contact checking up on you
- If you are leaving your car in Charlottesville, make sure it is parked legally. Impounding and holding fees can add up.
- Be sure to have water and easy snacks packed with you
- Start your trip with a full tank of gas
- Devote your full time and attention to driving – DO NOT TEXT
- If your car breaks down, pull over, turn on your emergency flashers, and dial 911; await assistance in your locked car and remain there until a law enforcement officer or tow truck arrives.
- For Virginia road conditions, check www.511virginia.org
Meanwhile, flu season is here and it is already looking like it’s going to be a doozy. Be sure to follow these simple tips:
- If you haven’t gotten a flu shot, get one. Check out Student Health or just walk into a drug store and ask for one.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands – a lot.
- Stay hydrated (with water)
- Sick? Stay home. Call your doctor.
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