By Nancy dos Santos
Siena College’s third annual Health and Safety Day took place Friday, September 11th in the academic quad. The American Red Cross, Health Services, Resident Life, and Public Safety were all there. Unfortunately, the rainy weather led to a less than perfect turn out for the event. However, a fair number of students, faculty, and staff still managed to attend and everyone seemed to have a great time!
Health and Safety Day was all about providing people with helpful information and making them aware of some of the safety programs available on campus. Even if you did not get a chance to check it out, most of us walking by on the quad were still wondering what a large, charred box was doing in the middle of the quad. A live fire of a mock residence hall room was done with the assistance of the Shaker Road Fire Department. This simulated dorm room fire demonstrated to students just how quickly a fire can spread and how hot it can get. Along with this simulation, there was also training on how to use a fire extinguisher properly.
The event provided useful and relevant information to the Siena community on issues of particular concern to the Siena community such as the H1N1 virus, (a.k.a. “Swine Flu”). An H1N1 prevention booth provided tips and information that every student and faculty member should be aware of. Also at the event, there was the Siena Driving Experience, which demonstrated to students how dangerous it really is to be driving under the influence. Project I.D. was yet another important booth that explained to students how to record serial numbers off of valuables such as laptops and iPods. Forms were given out to help students keep records of their valuables in case of a theft and an engraver was available for students to borrow in order to put their name on some of their valuables. Health and safety are always the most important issues for the Siena community and thanks to all of the great organizations on campus, students, faculty and staff were given an opportunity to stay informed.