Make personal safety part of your New Year’s resolution

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

What is your New Year’s Resolution? Weight loss? Stop smoking? More exercise?

Have you ever considered making your personal safety part of your New Year’s resolution? By taking proactive measures and being aware of your surroundings and potential dangers, you can reduce your personal safety risk. Here are a few easy to implement safety tips for work, home and play.

Be prepared for the unexpected at work:

  • Locate the nearest fire extinguisher to your office, classrooms, conference rooms and break rooms.
  • Be familiar with the locations of the first aid kits in each building that you work in.
  • Retake the A.L.I.C.E. training that is available online through myBlackHawk.

Contact Risk Management at for locations of fire extinguishers and first aid kits or for questions regarding A.L.I.C.E. training.

Keep your personal information safe at home:

  • Shred mail, receipts, or any documents that contain your personal information (excluding tax documents).
  • Review your credit report regularly.
  • Keep your Social Security number and PINs confidential and secured.
  • Remove personal information from family websites, social media or cell phones.

When out, park smart:

  • Park and walk in well-lit, heavily trafficked areas.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and remove headphones or earbuds.
  • Have your keys in hand and look into your vehicle before entering.
  • Lock the doors as soon as you are in your vehicle.
  • Do not roll down the window if someone inquiries about directions.
  • Walk with others when possible. Ask for a security escort.

It is never too late to start. Don’t wait till next year to start your safety resolution!



Disclaimer: These tips have been provided as general information for increasing safety awareness and for informational purposes only. Black Hawk College does not accept any liability for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) that is provided. We make every effort to insure the integrity and validity of the data provided. Always, check with your care provider before making any changes.