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September 2,1992 page six
Fire safety stressed by Residence Hall Board
By Becky Bradshaw
Did you know that when you are
inside a burning building the smoke
gets so dense that everything becomes
black as night, making it easy to be
Did you know that within one
minute of the start of a fire, a room can
become engulfedin flames and the heat
is so intense that if somene walked in,
the heat would cause their body to
cease to function?
Did you know that most deaths in
fires are not caused by bums, but by
These are just a few of the frighten
ing facts that over 130 campus fire
marshals, RAs and Residence Hall
presidents learned from Jan Parker of
the Raleigh Fire Department, Aug. 25,
at Fire Marshal Training. FMT is
an annual event sponsored by the
Residence Hall Board. But it is not
just up to fire marshals, RAs and
presidents to ensure the safety of
each Meredith resident student.
“Everyone must accept some
of the responsibility in keeping our
buildings safe and in knowing the
correct procedures to follow in the
event of a fire in a residence hall,”
said Karen Howell, RHB Chair.
She said,”This year the upperclass
residence halls will have only two
fire drills per semester, so it is
extremely importantthat students
know what to do and take the drills
When the fire alarm rings, stu
dents must remember to do several
Personal growth and counseling
center offers new seminar
By Gina Roberts, Personal Growth
and Counseling Center
The Personal Growth and Coun
seling Center is beginning registration
for the upcoming program, “Healing
the Ties that Bind,” an on-going group
designed to provide members with in
formation and counseling which will
enhance their understanding of destruc
tive psycho-social patterns modeled by
and adoped from dysfunctional family
patterns. The group will meet eight
consecutive Wednesday afternoons,
3:30-5:00 p.m., beginning Sept. 23. If
you think you might be interested in
joining this group, please call the coun
seling center at x8427 by Friday, Sept
11. The group will accomodate a maxi
mum of eight women.
You may want to check with the
counseling center about programs
planned for the spring semester and
keep them in mind when planning yoiu
schedule. Beginning Jan. 20 and con
tinuing for eight consecutive weeks,
the counseling center will offer a coun
seling group designed to explore, in a
confidential setting, the mutual con
cerns of recovery for those struggling
with eating disorders. The pro
gram will be held on Wednes
days, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Also, watch
for future information about
ANAD (National Association of
Anorexia Nervosa and Associated
Disorders) as we will be attempt
ing to organize a campus chapter.
ANAD is a nonprofessionally
sponsored, peer-facilitated sup
port group which resembles other
twelve step support group pro
Hie Counseling Center will
be in transition the early part of
fall semester as it adjusts to a few
personnel changes: the resigna
tion of Tracy Knight, part-time
office manager for three years,
and the reduction of hours of the
part-time counselor, Gail Yashar.
It is the hope of counseling center
staff that the transition incurred
by these changes will be smooth
and that students and faculty will
experience minimal inconve
nience during this time. We hope
to be able to introduce a new per
son to you soon who will be filling
the position vacated by Tracy
things. l)Assume it is a real emer
gency and take the alarm seriously.
2) Turn off all lights in the room
except for the overhead light. 3)
Exit the room, leaving the door open.
4) Move as quickly as possible, with
out running, to the designated evacu
ation location outside their build
ing. 5)Stay with their hall once they
arrive at that location.
Fire marshals will check each
room as they proceed down the hall
toward the exit. They will turn off
overhead lights and close windows
and doors. They will also note who
is missing from the hall and report
those to their RA.
“We realize that students see
fire drills as a major interruption
and something that they wish we
didn’thave,” said Howell, “butif there
was a real fire, they would be glad that
they knew what to do.”
Janice McClendon, Director of
Residence Life, is glad that she expe
rienced fire drills when she was a
student here. “This summer I was in a
hotel fire,” McClendon explained,
“and I didn’t panic because I knew
just what to do.”
She said, “I saw people heading
. . for the elevators and I told them to
' take the stairs instead. We got out
safely thanks in a large part to what I
learned in fire drills here.”
So when that fire: alarm goes off,
don’t moan and groan. Take it seri
ously and follow the procedures out
lined here and by your fire marshals.
One day it could save your life.
How to spare yourself from tire
By Gilda Boyd ;
Picture this! You are cruising along a major highway on the way to
visit your boyfriend, when suddenly you hear a “ppp-like” sound. As you
drive on, you hear a few more Joud pops, Due to your good; judgment (or fear)
you pull over onto the shoulder of the rdad. In^apgmsh, you discover that your
tire is flat and the tread on the tire is peeling Ofifi ^af do yoq do? As an
independent Meredith angel, here are the steps for changing your tire, so you
don’t have to call dad.
1. With the CTow bar dad packed in your trunk, pull off the hubcap and
loosen the bolts on your flat tire
2. Place the jack under the fender next to the tire that must be changed,
and use the crowbar to lift up the side of the car where your new tire
will be placed. (Warning: do not lift the car higher than the width of
the new tire).
3. Finish removing the bolts, and remove the flat tire. Place the spare
tire (or training wheel) onto the car and replace the bolts.
4. Slowly bring the car down off of the jack and use the crow bar to
tighten the bolts. Be sure that the bolts are tightened, to insure that
the wheel is on secmely.
5. Once the tire is on, drive slowly to the next exit where a mechanic
can put a new tire on for you.
Before you embark on your next journey down the highway, remem
ber to pack these five steps, and know where your spare tire, jack and crowbar
are. 'This will insure a safe and happy trip.
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