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Are You or Your Kids Off to College? Help Them Stay Safe This Winter Semester

Published on Dec 24, 2012 at 9:18 am in Personal Injury.

After the holidays, college students throughout Kentucky and the United States will be heading back to campus for the start of winter semester. Whether you are hitting the books yourself or have a family member or friend who’s going back to studying, you can help improve their safety and avoid accidents with these tips:

  • Understand the risks of drinking. Whether it’s underage or of-age drinking, excessive alcohol use is a temptation on many college campuses – and it’s one that can cause serious injuries or accidents if not controlled. Students under age 21 should avoid using alcohol at all times, and students 21 and over should practice responsibility if they choose to drink. For instance, make sure you have a sober ride home before you hit the bar or a party.
  • Know the safety risks on your campus. Most college campuses are required to keep track of safety issues, like crime rates, accidents and injuries, and similar facts. Learn more about the major risks on your own campus – and how to report safety risks or injuries – to help protect yourself and others. The Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool is one place to start.
  • Practice good health. Eating right, exercising, and sleeping may not seem directly related to accident or injury risk, until you realize that being hungry or sleepy can impair your ability to handle all kinds of tasks safely, from surviving chemistry lab to navigating a flight of stairs. Protect your health to protect your safety.

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