Safety and You at ISU
Brought to you by ISU Public Safety and the ISU Safety Committee December, 2005
Driving Tips for Wireless Phone Users
Safety—Your most important call. Remember to use your phone safely when driving.
- Get to know your phone and its features, such as speed dial and redial.
- When available, use a hands free device.
- Position your phone within easy reach.
- Let the person you are speaking to know you are driving; if necessary, suspend the call in heavy traffic or hazardous weather conditions.
- Do not take notes or look up phone numbers while driving.
- Dial sensibly and assess the traffic; if possible, place calls when you are not moving or before pulling into traffic.
- Do not engage in stressful or emotional conversations that may divert your attention from the road.
- Dial 911 to report serious emergencies—it’s free from your wireless phone!
- Use your phone to help others in emergencies.
- Call roadside assistance or a special non-emergency wireless number when necessary.
In addition, ISU Public Safety would like to add “KNOW YOUR LOCATION” to the above list. In most places, current wireless technology DOES NOT include identifying the location of the caller and 911 calls are routed based on the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) that is closest to the cell site that is routing your call. Often this can be in a different city or even different state than you are traveling in. Many travelers do not know where they are. Please pay attention to signs and milepost markers. If you're in the back-county where there are no signs, we recommend that you carry a GPS device. We cannot stress enough how important knowing your location is when calling for emergency help.
Did You Know
The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff - as well as the university's campus in general - is our mission. The Department seeks to promote mutual cooperation and conflict resolution by establishing a positive social atmosphere where effective learning can take place. The professionals in the Department of Public Safety cooperate with many, many other individuals and organizations on and around campus to accomplish that mission.
Did you know Public Safety offers a Safety Escort Service? You never have to walk alone after dark on the ISU campus. ISU Public Safety provides students and employees safe transportation during evening and nighttime hours. Escort drivers are subject to a background check and psychological examination.
Did you know ISU Public Safety sponsors a Campus Watch Program? This Neighborhood Watch Program is designed specifically for residents of campus housing.
Did you know ISU Public Safety is a Project Safe Place site? Safe Places are business and public buildings that display the Safe Place sign on their buildings. Any youth in any kind of trouble can enter the Safe Place site and request help. Public Safety’s Dispatcher or on-duty Officer will call the Safe Place Hotline. The Safe Place Hotline will dispatch a trained volunteer to the Safe Place site to assist the youth.
Did you know ISU Public Safety has a Students on Patrol Program? It is designed for those students who want to contribute to their campus community. Students record and report suspicious activities, traffic related problems, violations of university policy and the location of potential vandalism/graffiti sites.
Did you know Public Safety provides Rape Aggression Defense classes for women? The RAD approach to personal safety is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is offered at ISU as a one credit, eight week course and is taught by Public Safety Officers who are certified RAD Instructors.
Did you know Public Safety sponsors a Campus Cubs Program? Public Safety officers provide presentations to the ELC regarding stranger danger, Halloween safety and bicycle safety.
Did you know ISU has Blue Light Emergency Phones? There are 9 located on the Pocatello campus and 4 on the Idaho Falls Campus. The Red button dials 911, and the phone pad can be used to call any ISU extension, including Public Safety at 2515. You can call Public Safety for a list of the locations or check our website.
Did you know Public Safety has a website with a description of the above programs they offer and many others not mentioned here?
Check out our website
Facts & Figures: Safety Belt Use
Of the 31,904 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2003, 56 percent were not wearing a safety belt. [NHTSA, Annual Assessment of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2003]. Seventy-three percent of passenger vehicle occupants involved in a fatal crash in 2003 and were restrained survived; of those who were not restrained, only 42 percent survived. [NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts, 2003]
Safety belt use has increased significantly in the past few years, but more must be done. Safety belt use in the United States rose to 80 percent in 2004 from 58 percent in 1994. [NHTSA, Technical Report, Safety Belt Use in 2004 – Overall Results, September 2004]
Starting one week before and running one week after the Memorial Day holiday - from May 23 to June 5, 2005 - thousands of law enforcement agencies in communities across the country will be actively enforcing State safety belt laws during the Click It or Ticket Mobilization.
It's All About Law Enforcement Saving Lives and Preventing Injuries! The goal of the Click It or Ticket Mobilization is not to give out tickets, but rather to influence people to buckle up and prevent injuries and fatalities. Research proves that the certainty of a ticket and costly fines convinces people to Click It.
CPSC Releases Grill Safety Tips
WASHINGTON, D.C. - As consumers get ready to fire up their grills this Memorial Day weekend, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is releasing safety tips for consumers to follow when using gas or charcoal grills.
Gas Grill Safety Tips
Liquid petroleum (LP) gas or propane, used in gas grills, is highly flammable. Each year about 30 people are injured as a result of gas grill fires and explosions. Many of these fires and explosions occur when consumers first use a grill that has been left idle for a period of time or just after refilling and reattaching the grill's gas container. To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, consumers should routinely perform the following safety checks:
- Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders, or food grease. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner.
- Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
- Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease. If you can't move the hoses, install a heat shield to protect them.
- Replace scratched or nicked connectors, which can eventually leak gas.
- Check for gas leaks, following the manufacturer's instructions, if you smell gas or when you reconnect the grill to the LP gas container. If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don't attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed.
- Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, or open flames away from a leaking grill.
- Never use a grill indoors. Use the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under a surface that can catch fire.
- Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself. See an LP gas dealer or a qualified appliance repair person.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions that accompany the grill.
Consumers should use caution when storing LP gas containers. Always keep containers upright. Never store a spare gas container under or near the grill or indoors. Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill.
To avoid accidents while transporting LP gas containers, consumers should transport the container in a secure, upright position. Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape.
Consumers should use extreme caution and always follow manufacturer's instructions when connecting or disconnecting LP gas containers.
Grills manufactured after October 1, 1995, are required to have three additional safety features to eliminate leak hazards: a device to limit the flow of gas in the event of hose rupture; a mechanism to shut-off the grill; and a feature to prevent the flow of gas if the connection between the tank and the grill is not leak proof. Consumers should consider purchasing grills that have these safety features.
Charcoal Grill Safety Tips
Charcoal produces carbon monoxide (CO) when it is burned. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that can accumulate to toxic levels in closed environments. Each year about 30 people die and 100 are injured as a result of CO fumes from charcoal grills and hibachis used inside.
To reduce these CO poisonings, CPSC is offering the following safety tips:
- Never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents, or campers. Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if ventilation is provided.
- Since charcoal produces CO fumes until the charcoal is completely extinguished, do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.
In April 1996, CPSC voted to revise the label on charcoal packaging to more explicitly warn consumers of the deadly CO gas that is released when charcoal is burned in a closed environment. The new label reads, "WARNING...CARBON MONOXIDE HAZARD...Burning charcoal inside can kill you. It gives off carbon monoxide, which has no odor. NEVER burn charcoal inside homes, vehicles or tents." The new label also conveys the written warning visually with drawings of grills inside a home, tent, and vehicle. The drawings are enclosed in a circle with an "X" through it. While the new label requirement will not become mandatory until the end of the year, many charcoal manufacturers have already started using the new labels on charcoal packaging.