With fall approaching, incoming college freshman are probably thinking a lot about moving into their first dorm.
While you’re thinking about what you’re going to bring to your dorm, it’s also important to think about how to be best prepared for an emergency while you’re living on campus.
Zooz, the top-notch Tucson moving company, has a few tips on how to secure your safety while living away from home.
Be Prepared for Natural Disasters
Some natural disasters can be predicted, while others can’t. In any case, it’s best to have a plan and special items to help you stay safe.
If you are moving from out-of-state, Arizona occasionally experiences natural disasters that may be different from those that you are familiar with, including dust storms, heat waves, wildfires, extreme winter weather, and landslides, to name a few.
In general, it’s best to have safety items in your dorm, like a flashlight, batteries, water, canned food, a radio, matches, and a fully charged phone in the case of a natural disaster.
Also, if you are sharing a dorm with other people, communicate and agree upon a safety plan, such as emergency exits or a place to reunite after a disaster (if needed). Account for each other and make sure you have each other’s’ cell phone numbers.
If You Have a Roommate Use the Buddy System
You and your roommate accounting for each other as needed is an effective tool for dorm safety.
If it’s 4 a.m. and your roommate who never stays out late isn’t home, just call and check on them. You never know if they may be in a tough situation, and you may be able to help.
And it works both ways — it’s comforting knowing that your roommate is concerned for your safety and that you always have someone who will check on you to be sure you’re okay.
Know What to Do in Case of a Fire
If the fire is small enough to put out, DO NOT USE WATER for grease fires! Use a blanket or baking soda to put out grease fires.
If the fire is too big to handle, or if there’s a fire somewhere else in the building, the best idea is to evacuate and account for any roommates you may have.
Also, try to stay close to the ground to reduce inhalation exposure if there’s a lot of smoke in the air, and check the temperature of each closed door before opening. There may be a fire on the other side.
Make Sure Friends or Family Are Able to Contact You
Whenever there’s an emergency, it’s important for people to be able to contact you, especially if you have family living a bit of a distance from campus.
Your family will be worried about you, and it’s important to for them to know that they are able to check on you or take you to a safer place, if needed.
Zooz Moving Cares About Your Dorm and Your Safety
As you’re thinking of things to make your dorm as safe as possible, Zooz Moving can help you with the process of moving in.
Zooz, apart from being expert local movers in Tucson, specializes in helping students move into their dorms and offers affordable services to accommodate your new “broke college student” status.
If you need moving help, all us today for a free quote at 1-520-447-0900.