Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring Break Safety Tips


 Personal Safety
Use common sense and intuition – if something looks wrong, something probably is wrong
• Be conscious of your surrounding
• Don't walk alone if you are in an unfamiliar place
• Never leave a party alone with someone you just met
• Don't leave valuables in your hotel or motel room
• Carry only as much cash as you need – credit cards and traveler’s checks are safer
• Do not overcrowd elevators – this often causes a malfunction which will cause you to be stuck
• Do not climb on balconies or sit on balcony rails – this can lead to fatal falls
• Use caution when crossing roads, especially if you have been drinking

Alcohol Safety
Don't drink too much – drinking increases the probability of becoming the victim of a sexual assault and other crimes
• Decide in advance what and how much you will drink
• Plan on how you will refuse drinks once you reach your personal limit
• Watch out for "rape drugs” – never leave your drink unattended and don't accept open drinks from strangers
• Do not drive if you have had anything to drink – use a designated driver or public transportation
• Should a member of your group become intoxicated, don’t leave that person alone
• If a friend passes out, roll them on their side to prevent choking, and call 911 immediately

Sun, Sand & Surf Safety
Avoid prolonged sun exposure during the hottest hours of the day – 11am to 3pm
• You can get sunburn even if it is cloudy
• Apply sunscreen with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 15, paying special attention to the face, nose, ears and shoulders
• Wear a hat and sunglasses with UV (Ultraviolet) protection
• Drink plenty of water, non-carbonated, and non-alcoholic drinks, even if you do not feel thirsty
• Never swim alone, and be aware of ocean rip currents
• Be aware of sunstroke symptoms including hot, dry skin, rapid pulse, and confusion

Public Safety
             EMERGENCY:  (860) 768-7777
             ROUTINE CALLS:  (860) 768-7985
           ANONYMOUS TIP LINE:  (860) 768-7827

Source: http://www.hartford.edu/daily/announcements/2014/03/Sprin_Break_Safety_Tips.aspx

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