Make sure that you include safety planning in all of your Fall adventures!
Fall is the beginning of flu season. Here are some actions you can take to prevent catching or spreading the flu virus:
- If you can, get this season’s flu vaccination. Contact your healthcare provider or Student Health Services with any questions or concerns you may have about the flu vaccine, and make an appointment to receive it early on.
- Take action to prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands before and after preparing food, after using the restroom, and after blowing your nose/coughing/sneezing. Use proper hand-washing technique, wetting your hands, lathering them with soap, scrubbing for 20 seconds, rinsing well, and drying hands thoroughly.
- Stay home if you get the flu. Consult your healthcare provider to learn when you may be contagious. Take flu antiviral medicine if prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Be aware of Weather
- Check the weather when getting ready for the day – wear clothing that is appropriate and carry an umbrella if rain or snow is predicted.
- Use caution when walking on wet surfaces. Wipe your feet when entering buildings to minimize the amount of water in entrance areas.
- Avoid traveling during periods of severe weather. Make sure you have an emergency supply kit in the car, and keep your cell phone with you.
- Remember that space heaters are not allowed in any residence halls – use other means to stay warm indoors, such as layers of clothing and blankets.
Driving at Night
Fall means fewer hours of daylight, and potentially more driving at night. Keep these tips in mind when driving in low light conditions:
- Make sure your car is ready for night driving by ensuring that the headlights are functioning and clean.
- Dim your dashboard.
- Look away from oncoming bright lights.
- Keep your windshield clean and free of streaks that might reflect light.
- Pay attention to weather and road conditions.
- Slow down to compensate for reduced visibility and stopping time – keep an eye out for pedestrians and small vehicles such as motorcycles, scooters, and bicycles.