Campus News 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 come disoriented? 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 smoke? 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 seriously.” 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 grams. 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 Knight 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 trouble 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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