By Larry Rickard, Campus Safety Chief

When you head out for the holiday break to enjoy time with family and friends, observe these safety tips.

While you are away:
• Don’t post your travel plans on social media! This lets people know when your home—and your valuables—will be alone. Do let someone know your travel plans, such as: your departure date and time from campus, where you plan to stop en route or overnight, estimated date and time of arrival at your destination.
• Keep your residence hall room secure while you are away. Do not leave valuables in your room over the holiday breaks.
• Have your mail, newspapers and deliveries stopped or picked up by a neighbor, friend or relative.
• Don’t leave a key hidden outside.
• Secure all windows.
• Use timers to operate lights.
• If you park your car in the driveway, have a friend move it occasionally.

Stay safe on the road and in the air:
• Get your car road-ready and start your trip with a full tank of gas.
• Keep an emergency road kit in the car in case of a breakdown or accident.
• Don’t be distracted. Drivers who text and drive are 23 times more likely to get into a crash.
• Don’t drink and drive.
• At airports, remember the 3-1-1 rule which limits the amount of liquid you can bring in your carry-on bag to 3.4 ounces.
• Pack smartly to help security lines move along quickly.

The holidays are full of family, friends and fun—enjoy the time safely!