Learn about York’s safety and security services on Safety Awareness Day

York University will host its second annual Safety Awareness Day information fairs at the Keele and Glendon campuses successively on Sept. 28 and 29.

On Sept. 28, from 11am to 5pm, campus providers of personal safety services will offer interactive and informative displays featuring giveaways in Vari Hall, the Link and Central Square on the Keele campus. The event will then move to the Glendon campus on Sept. 29, from 10am to 2pm in the York Hall Cafeteria.

MedicationRight: Learn how to make an emergency preparedness kit during Safety Awareness Day on the Keele and Glendon campuses

Visitors will have an opportunity to enter a contest to win prizes. The event is open to all students, faculty and staff.

“Safety Awareness Days offer a great opportunity to learn more about safety-related services that are available on the Keele and Glendon campuses,” says Katherine Branton, manager of York’s Emergency Preparedness Program and one of the organizers of the event. “We bring all the groups together in one convenient location. It is a one-stop shop for all information related to being safe both on and off campus.”

This is the second annual Safety Awareness Day event and Branton says this year will feature more interactive displays and giveaways.  “The fire prevention office will be offering a demonstration on how to use a fire extinguisher and there will be a demonstration on back safety,” says Branton.

“There will also be a very interesting and important demonstration on how to use an automated external defibrillator  or AED,” she says. “An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias in someone and is able to treat them through defibrillation, which allows the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.”

Branton says members of the Office of Emergency Preparedness will be on site to demonstrate how to put together an emergency preparedness kit for the home and car.

Some of the groups that will be represented at Safety Awareness Days are:

  • Office of Emergency Preparedness: Find out what York University has planned in the event of an emergency and learn more about what you can do to be prepared for an emergency at work and at home.
  • goSAFE: Community members who study or work late on campus can use the University’s goSAFE program. goSAFE offers security escorts who can walk community members to their on-campus destination, or wait with you until you are picked up by a transportation provider.
  • York Security Services, Campus Relations: Find out more about the University’s security officers who cover the Keele and Glendon campuses 24 hours a day, seven days a week by foot, bike or vehicle. Learn more about the 600 closed-circuit television cameras and crime prevention programs such as the network of blue light emergency phones, the STOP laptop theft prevention program, the “why work alone” program and more.
  • Occupational Health and Safety: If you are a faculty member, staff member or student working at York University, drop by and find out more on how you can ensure a safe work environment.
  • York University’s Transportation Services: Learn more about the shuttle service to The Village and other transportation providers, including GO Transit, YRT/VIVA, Brampton Transit, TTC, and more.
  • Representatives from municipal emergency service providers, including  fire, police and emergency medical services will be available to answer questions about the kinds of services they provide.

Visit the Safety Awareness website to learn more about the comprehensive safety measures, programs and services available at York University. President & Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri also recently delivered an update to the community on campus safety measures.