Safety tips for college students

August 20th, 2015 by admin

Going off to college can be exciting and nerve wracking at the same time, for both new students and parents. In an unfamiliar environment there are new risks to look out for, and creating new safety habits can be difficult amidst many other lifestyle changes. Both parents and students can use this guide to keep key safety responsibilities in mind after a move to school. 

Explore during the day first

It can be exhilarating to explore campus during the first few weeks. While we encourage you to get as familiar with your new living area as quickly as possible, it is important to take a walk around campus during the daylight first. This way you can familiarize yourself with safety phones and facilities before heading anywhere in the dark when these resources will be harder to find. 

Tell a friend or roommate before you head out

While you don't need to do everything with your roommate right away, at the very least keep them posted as to where you'll be so that someone knows where to find you. 

Avoid leaving valuables unattended

This is a good tip for new and experienced students alike. Whether it's in the library, the local coffee shop or even in your room, don't leave valuables or electronics out in the open where people you don't know could happen across them. 

Stay aware

Especially crucial when walking at night, keep your headphones and phone in your pocket so you can stay aware of what and who is around you. 

Be careful with appliances

Follow your residence hall's policy for cooking, extension cords and candles. If candles are permitted, keep a close eye while they burn and never leave a candle burning when you are not in the room.

Keeping these tips in mind, we hope you have fun (and stay safe!) at school this fall. 

If you have any questions about your student's insurance needs while he or she is at school, reach out to Fundy Mutual, your source for information about insurance in Hampton and its surrounding area.