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Wildcat Safety Power Point 2009 Frat And Soror

  1. 1. WILDCAT SAFETY A guide to living and learning responsibly at Northwestern Fraternity and Sorority Life Fall 2009 SCHOLARSHIP ● SERVICE LEADERSHIP ● COMMUNITY
  2. 2. Presentation Contents <ul><li>Chapter House Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Outdoor Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Fire Safety Concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Drugs/Alcohol </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol Education </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency Resources </li></ul>
  3. 3. Chapter House Safety Doors and Windows Always be sure that your doors and windows are locked when you leave your room and building. While leaving the window open provides a nice breeze in November, it also provides a nice entrance for criminals. In addition, there have been incidents where students have fallen out of open windows, resulting in serious injuries, deaths, and law suits. <ul><li>Stories in the Media: </li></ul><ul><li>University of Georgia Student Falls From Fraternity Roof </li></ul><ul><li>University of Washington Alumnus Sues University After Fall </li></ul><ul><li>University of Washington Fraternity Member Dies After 30 Ft Fall From Window </li></ul>
  4. 4. Chapter House Safety Propped Doors Propped doors are the easiest ways for intruders to enter your home. Please ensure that doors close behind you and never prop a door because you will be back “in a minute”. It only takes a second for someone else to enter. Exits Emergency exits are intended for emergencies. Please do not use them for a “faster” way out of the building, trash chute, or to smoke. <ul><li>Stories in the Media: </li></ul><ul><li>Sigma Alpha Epsilon at GW member robbed </li></ul><ul><li>Woman Caught Trespassing in Michigan Fraternity House After Entering Through Propped Door </li></ul>
  5. 5. Chapter House Safety Door Codes/Keys/Fobs Doors codes, keys, and fobs are to be only given out to ACTIVE members of the chapter. For your safety, it is imperative that only current members of the organization have access to the building. All visitors should be escorted into the building and not be given the key or code. Capacity for Social Events It is important that the chapter follows the capacity guidelines set by the fire department. Over-capacity is a fire hazard that could make exiting the building in an emergency a dangerous situation. To find out the capacity of your chapter house, you can contact OFSL.
  6. 6. Chapter House Safety Patios/Fratios The Patios and Fratios are not intended for individuals to sit on or hang from them, as they were not built to support human weight. Cameras All chapter houses are now equipped with security cameras. Please utilize entrances with this security feature, and under no circumstance, should you block the cameras . <ul><li>Stories in the Media: </li></ul><ul><li>Northwestern Increases Use of Security Cameras After Break-In at Sorority House </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>When coming home, it is important to be aware of your surroundings. This innocent woman is on her phone and did not see this strange man about to attack her. Other suggestions include: </li></ul><ul><li>Have your keys at the ready when you get home so you can open the doors quickly. </li></ul><ul><li>Always escort your guests and visitors at all times in your building. </li></ul>Outdoor Safety <ul><li>Stories in the Media: </li></ul><ul><li>Women Mugged Near Georgia Tech Campus </li></ul><ul><li>MTSU Student Mugged on Campus </li></ul><ul><li>Sorority Women at UPenn Feel Unsafe on Campus </li></ul>
  8. 8. Fire Hazards <ul><li>Fire Department </li></ul><ul><li>The goal of the Fire Department is to prevent fires and life-loss through the finest in fire protection, rescue, emergency medical services, and fire prevention services. Therefore, jokes such as a discharged fire extinguisher are taken in a serious nature. </li></ul>Fire Sprinklers Fire Sprinklers are required in each chapter house as of December 2008. Hanging items from the pipes can cause damage. When properly maintained, they can save your life, and all of your belongings in the event of a fire. Fireplaces Fireplaces are wonderful in winter, but please ensure that the fire is not left unattended When the fire is done, check to make sure that is has been properly tamed. <ul><li>Stories in the Media: </li></ul><ul><li>Fire torches University of Idaho Sorority House </li></ul>
  9. 9. Fire Hazards <ul><li>Chapter House Hazards </li></ul><ul><li>When decorating your room a number of items are not safe, including lit candles, holiday or decorative lights, hanging blankets, flags, banners, tapestries, rugs or fishnets. </li></ul><ul><li>Never cover up smoke detectors or tamper with other safety equipment. If these detectors are triggered, they will activate a fire alarm for the entire building. </li></ul><ul><li>If you smell gas in the house, it is important to call 911. Keep in mind, if a pilot light is out or the stove has been left on, you will smell an odor of gas. It is everyone’s responsibility to be cautious and check. </li></ul><ul><li>Grills should be kept outside and if you need to bring the grill inside for storage, the propane tank must be left outside. Keep all charcoal and lighter fluid in a safe place. If your chapter house has an awning, the grill should NOT be stored on the porch. </li></ul>Candles <ul><ul><li>Tampered Smoke Detectors </li></ul></ul>Wires
  10. 10. Location of Safety Equipment Alarms Residential areas should have red fire alarm pull boxes and smoke detectors. Pulling down on the center lever activates the alarm box. Residents should be careful not to bump the box, as it may activate the alarm. Fire Extinguishers Fire extinguishers are located through the building and in any areas with cooking equipment. Be aware of their location in case of emergency. <ul><li>Exiting Advice </li></ul><ul><li>When a fire alarm sounds you will want to exit the building as quickly as possible. Leave the valuables behind, and don’t wait for the floor to get hot to leave. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes your nearest exit may be an exterior exit stairwell on the side of your residence. </li></ul><ul><li>All residents are required to exit the building EVERY TIME an alarm sounds. Remember, you never know if it is a real fire! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Drugs/Alcohol <ul><li>Campus Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol and drugs of any form are not permitted in chapter houses on campus.* </li></ul><ul><li>Students under the age of 21 may not consume, possess, or be in the presence of alcohol in fraternity and sorority houses and in the Evanston community. </li></ul><ul><li>For more complete list of policies, reference the student handbook . </li></ul><ul><li>Binge Drinking </li></ul><ul><li>Binge drinking is the number one health problem at America’s colleges. Here are some important facts that could save yours or your friends life: </li></ul><ul><li>Your body can eliminate the alcohol from a 12-ounce can of beer in about one hour (or 1¼ oz. of 80-proof liquor, or 4 oz. of table wine). </li></ul><ul><li>Signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning include: Confusion, stupor, vomiting, slow or irregular breathing, blue-tinged skin or pale skin, or unconsciousness. </li></ul><ul><li>For more information on how alcohol effects individuals, visit: www.gordie.org </li></ul>*With the exception of one facility, as of September 2008. <ul><li>Stories in the Media: </li></ul><ul><li>Northwestern student hospitalized after possible hazing involving alcohol </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol Poising at Kansas Sorority House </li></ul>
  12. 12. Hazing <ul><li>Campus Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Policy Prohibiting Hazing from Northwestern University  Student Handbook: </li></ul><ul><li>The University forbids hazing and all other activities that interfere with the personal liberty of an individual. The University defines hazing as any action taken or situation created, whether on or off University premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule for the purpose of initiation into, affiliation with, or admission to, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group, team, club, or other organization. </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptance of an activity on the part of a new member or individual does not justify participation in or sponsorship of the activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Any violation of this policy should be reported to the dean of students or the Office of Judicial Affairs. </li></ul><ul><li>Hazing activities may also violate the Illinois Hazing Act 720 ILCS § 120/0.01 et seq. </li></ul><ul><li>Stories in the Media: </li></ul><ul><li>Cal Poly Fraternity Freshman Dies After Hazing Incident </li></ul><ul><li>Fraternity Cited for Hazing in Death of Student </li></ul><ul><li>Utah State Sorority and Fraternity Charged With Felony Hazing </li></ul>
  13. 13. H1N1 <ul><li>University Information </li></ul><ul><li>The University strongly advises that all students, faculty and staff follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including: </li></ul><ul><li>If you’re experiencing People with fever (temperature of 100 degrees F/37.8 degrees C or greater) AND either a cough or sore throat should isolate themselves from others until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. </li></ul><ul><li>Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. </li></ul><ul><li>Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners, such as Purell, are also effective. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to avoid close contact with sick people. </li></ul><ul><li>Get a flu vaccine shot for seasonal flu before you return to campus. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring your own Purell or other hand sanitizer to campus and use it frequently. Students also should bring their own thermometers so they can take their own temperatures to determine whether they have a fever. </li></ul><ul><li>For more information, visit http://www.nuhs.northwestern.edu/evanston/h1n1flu.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>Stories in the Media: </li></ul><ul><li>Cornell University Student and Fraternity Member Dies After Contracting H1N1 </li></ul><ul><li>Northwestern Student Diagnosed with Swine Flu </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Emergency Resources </li></ul><ul><li>SafeRide </li></ul><ul><li>SafeRide is a service provided to members of the Northwestern community as a </li></ul><ul><li>safe and free alternative to walking alone after dark. Drivers provide rides to and </li></ul><ul><li>from destinations in and around Northwestern's Evanston campus. For more </li></ul><ul><li>information, call 847-491-7000. </li></ul><ul><li>Police </li></ul><ul><li>To contact the police, call 911(emergency assistance </li></ul><ul><li>anywhere in the Chicagoland area) or </li></ul><ul><li>University Police (847-491-3456). </li></ul><ul><li>Blue Light phones </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of where the nearest blue light emergency </li></ul><ul><li>phone is located. </li></ul><ul><li>Phone Tree </li></ul><ul><li>In the event of an emergency always call 911. The following constituents should all </li></ul><ul><li>be notified within 24 hours (depending on severity): chapter leadership, chapter advisors, </li></ul><ul><li>national organization, and the Office of Fraternity and sorority Life. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Congratulations! <ul><li>You have completed this section of the Wildcat Safety course. Please be sure you complete the required emergency contact information form. </li></ul>

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