General Safety Tips-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

General Safety Tips

  • Maintain perspective.  Don’t ignore warnings, but don’t let them cause you to panic.  The actual likelihood of a terrorist incident at Carnegie Mellon is much lower than the likelihood of a fire or chemical spill in one of our labs.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.  Don’t be afraid to leave if you are uncomfortable with a situation.
  • Take precautions when traveling. Watch for suspicious behavior, unattended packages, or strange devices, and report them to police. Do not leave luggage unattended, and don’t accept packages from strangers.
  • Wherever you are, whether at work or traveling, know where the emergency exits are located.  Think about how you will get out in an emergency, especially if you are in a place you’ve never been before.
  • Be prepared to do without services we all have come to take for granted:  electricity, water, telephones, gasoline pumps, heat, ATM machines, etc.  Develop an alternate plan for how you will cope without these services.
  • Always respond to official announcements, and follow the instructions you will be given.
  • Do not touch suspicious mail or packages.  Report them immediately.  Clear the area, and do not stand near windows or other breakable items if there appears to be a possibility of an explosion.
  • If you become trapped in debris, do not light a match.  Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or piece of clothing to aid breathing.  Rhythmically tap on a pipe or wall to alert rescuers to your location.
  • If you feel the need to talk to someone, even before an emergency strikes, remember that Carnegie Mellon has an active counseling program.  Faculty and staff can call the LifeWorks Employee Assistance Program at 1-888-267-8126 for confidential help.  Students can receive the same type of assistance by contacting the Student Services Response Team at 268-2922.