10 Tips for a Safe Summer Road Trip

Summer is a time when a lot of us like to hit the road. Whether we’re heading to the lake for some sun or going across state lines to see family, the roads are going to be busy. This is a good time to remind ourselves about key safety tips to keep us, and our loved ones, safe while we drive.

Here are some simple tips to remember during your summer travels:

  1. Avoid distracted driving by refraining from cell phone use while behind the wheel.
  2. Set passenger restrictions for your teen drivers.
    Having even one passenger can increase a new driver’s crash risk by 48%.
  3. Always wear a seat belt – every trip, every time.
    Drivers and passengers who buckle up are 45% more likely to survive a car crash, and 50% more likely to avoid serious injury. (NHTSA)
  4. Make sure children are using restraints appropriate for their age, size and maturity.
    Click here for best practices from the ND Department of Health.
  5. Avoid fatigued driving.
  6. If you plan on drinking, designate a driver.
  7. Stay focused and be aware of other drivers on the road.
    Try to avoid other driver’s blind spots and be cautious at intersections.
  8. Keep your distance. Refrain from tailgating, and if someone is tailgating you, let them pass.
  9. Pay attention to weather alerts – it’s best to stay off the roads if there is a threat of flooding or severe thunderstorms.
  10. Be prepared. Keep a first aid kit and roadside safety kit in your car.

If you want to learn more defensive driving techniques, the NDSC offers Defensive Driving courses for both new and experienced drivers. Courses qualify for an insurance discount and point reduction.

Click here to learn more or call Terry Weaver at (800) 932-8890.

                                                                                                                                              

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Fourth of July: the great debate between safety and fun. Do we have to choose?

For more than a month, my family and I have been trying to make plans for the 4th of July. After failing at every attempt to book a camping site (apparently you need to book a camping site 6 months in advance around here), we accepted the fact we were “stuck” celebrating at my family farm. Usually our 4th of July celebrations include a trip to Lake Sakakawea or camping in Medora – both of which have relatively close access to a professional fireworks show. A few nights ago, my husband asked if my family does our own fireworks show. He figured, since we’d be out on the farm, we could all go together to buy enough fireworks to do our own show.

Instantly, I began a debate with myself. Every year since I began working for the NDSC, I have posted web stories and shared safety tips around the 4th of July – ALL of them urging the public to leave the fireworks displays to the professionals. So, do I uphold my title of Mrs. Safety and “practice what I preach”? Or should I be the fun wife/daughter/sister who says yes to buying hundreds of dollars of fireworks to shoot off?

Well, when it comes to my family, I pick my battles carefully. They don’t know it, but I am compromising with them (or maybe I had no choice in the matter). Either way, I took it upon myself to set a few rules for the family fireworks show:

  1. NO SPARKLERS.
    Sorry- I’m not going to letting my beautiful son, niece or nephew get burned by a 1,200 degree sparkler.
  2. NO ILLEGAL fireworks.
    Not that my family would EVER do anything illegal. :)
  3. ADULTS ONLY.
    The kids will be kept far away from wherever the fireworks are being lit.
  4. LOTS OF WATER.
    There will only be water to DRINK before the show, and lots of water nearby while lighting the fireworks.
  5. And last, but not least, DON’T BURN DOWN THE HOUSE.
    I love my parent’s house, so all fireworks will face away from the house and toward the reservoir.

As in years past, I still urge you to leave the fireworks to the professionals. This is the easiest way to stay safe AND have fun. But if you just can’t resist, or you find yourself in the middle of your own family fireworks show, please be sure to take precautions. Each year, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Don’t let your night end with a trip to the emergency room.

Stay safe and happy Independence Day!

                                                                                                                                          

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Child Heatstroke Deaths in Vehicles – when bad things happen to good people. 5 simple tips to protect your child.

Every summer, sometimes multiple times per week, my heart is broken.

It’s not a heartbreak for any personal loss, but a pain I feel for parents around the country who have lost a child to vehicular heatstroke. Last summer, this hit a little close to home for North Dakotans when a child, just across the border in Moorhead, Minnesota, died from being overcome by heat in a car. I didn’t follow the news story to learn if any parent or caregiver was at fault. Frankly, I wish the media wouldn’t even address who’s at fault, because that gives the false impression to the rest of the world that this could only happen if a person purposely left their child in the car to die. What I wish the media would focus on is the reality of the story – any one of us could accidentally let our children succumb to vehicular heatstroke.

A lot of us believe that we could NEVER accidentally leave our child alone in the car. It’s UNTHINKABLE. But, let me ask you this: Have you ever left your vehicle unlocked in the driveway or garage? If you locked your car, where did you leave your keys? Were they within reach of your child? Have you ever told your child your vehicle isn’t a playground? That they should never get in the car without your permission?

There are multiple ways children in this country are dying from vehicular heatstroke. Some have been forgotten in cars by a loving parent. Others became trapped when they climbed into an unlocked car and were too young – incapable of figuring out how to open the door or truck of the car.

So far this summer, 13 children have died. And, unfortunately, that number is going to keep going up. Is there even the slightest possibility the next death could be your child?

I urge you – please don’t think you are exempt from making mistakes as a parent. It doesn’t matter what your gender, race, religion, or class in society is. We are all susceptible to mistakes. And our children could suffer from them.

It just takes a few simple precautions to protect your child from the unthinkable.
Please take the time to read and share these life-saving tips:

1. Always check the backseat before you leave your car.
To ensure you HAVE to check the backseat, put your cell phone, purse or another important item next to the carseat.

2. Have a backup plan.
Establish a plan with your daycare provider to call you if your child isn’t dropped off within a normal time. If you are switching who drops off your child at daycare, set a reminder on your phone or computer to call the other person to make sure they did it.

3. Talk to your children.
Make sure they know it’s NEVER okay to play in a vehicle.

4. Ensure a child can’t gain access to your car.
Always lock your car and keep your keys out of your child’s sight and reach.

5. Check the car first.
If your child goes missing, check the car, trunk and pool before anywhere else.

Please help the NDSC spread the word about the dangers of vehicular heatstroke. Share this blog or visit www.safekids.org/heatstroke to download and share more information.

 

Preparing our High School Grads for College: 5 tips to keep them safe

graduateJune is National Safety Month and this week’s theme is “Be Aware of Your Surroundings.” From a workplace perspective, they are referring to unintentional injuries like slips, trips and falls, and injury by contact with object (a fancy phrase for being hit on the head with something). But for me, “Be Aware of Your Surroundings” means protecting myself from intentional injury.

With the recent crop of high school graduates, I think this is an important topic to revisit. If these high school graduates are anything like I was at 18, there’s good reason to remind them of the dangers of stalkers and predators. I grew up in a sleepy town of 250 people where the most we thought about kidnapping was the year of the Dru Sjodin case. But we never thought something like that could happen in our town. So when my class of nine girls and two boys went off to college, we were ill-prepared, to put it lightly.

If you have a son or daughter heading off to college, remind them about the importance of being aware of their surroundings. Whether they’re coming from a small, rural town, or have just grown up as a typical sheltered North Dakotan, we need to remind them they are crossing over to a whole new world. A world where mom and dad aren’t waiting for them to get home. A world where they are surrounded by strangers with histories unknown to them. A world where they might be at the library (we hope!) until midnight and walking home alone.

We live in a world where, whether we want to accept it or not, there are bad people that may want to harm us. Don’t let your child be unprepared. Give them the knowledge they need to keep themselves safe. Start by sharing these simple tips:

1. Eliminate Distractions.
Stay off your phone and cut the music when you’re exercising outside or walking through parking lots. You need to pay attention to your surroundings so you can recognize and avoid predators.

2. Be Prepared.
Have your keys in your hand BEFORE you leave the building to walk to your car.

3. Be Smart.
Don’t go out at night alone if you don’t have to. And avoid isolated parking lots, alleyways and buildings if you can.

4. Trust Your Gut.
If you feel like someone is falling you, immediately walk or drive to an area with a lot of people. Do not go home!

5. Communicate.
Let someone know where you are going, what route you’re taking, and when you plan to be back.

If you want to take the next step in teaching your kids how to protect themselves, have them attend a predator awareness or self-defense course. You can find these courses all over North Dakota. The NDSC’s course, Self Protection & Predator Awareness, not only teaches students how to recognize and avoid predators, but it also teaches them simple techniques to escape an attacker. Techniques that could save their life one day.

To learn more, visit our website or call Peter at (701) 223-6372.

Summer Safety: How to NOT Get Hit By a Car

Summer is here, and participation in outdoor activities is ramping up. A lot of us are dusting off our bikes and going for a spin. But, since it was a very long winter in North Dakota, some riders may be a little rusty in their bicycle safety. So we did some research and compiled a list of safety tips we’d like to share with you.

One site we found during our research, www.Bicyclesafe.com, summed up the goal of this post with their headline: How to NOT Get Hit by a Car. We think that’s a great goal for ALL riders this summer and we hope you’ll read and share these tips with the bicyclists in your life.

Safety Tips for Bicyclists

  1. According to the NDDOT, state law requires bicyclists to drive like other vehicles. That means they must follow these rules:
    1. Obey the traffic signs and signals just like other vehicles.
    2. NEVER ride against traffic. Motorists aren’t looking for bicyclists on the wrong side of the road.
    3. Don’t pass on the right. Motorists may not look for or see a bicycle passing on the right.
    4. Use hand signals to tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do.
    5. Use a light at night. Law requires a white headline and a rear reflector or taillight at night.
  2. Ride in the middle of the lane. This makes you more visible at intersections and less likely to be hit by a car.
  3. Make eye contact with drivers. Assume drivers don’t see you. If you can’t make eye contact with them, wave your arms until they look at you.
  4. ALWAYS wear a properly fitted helmet. Watch this Safe Kids video to learn more or download this Helmet Fit Test.
  5. Ride as if you are invisible.
    An example from bicyclesafe.com: It’s a good idea to signal a left turn, but it’s an even better idea to make your left turn at a time or place where there aren’t cars behind you that could hit you.

And, we can’t forget about the DRVERS!
When you’re driving this summer, take these safety tips into consideration:

  1. Change lanes when passing a biker. Treat it just like you are passing any other vehicle.
  2. Keep an eye out for bikes when changing lanes or passing through an intersection. Take bicycle lanes into consideration as well as regular lanes of traffic.
  3. Make eye contact with the bicyclist so they know you see them.
  4. Avoid distractions. When you’re texting or talking on the phone, your reaction time is significantly hampered. Dedicate your full attention to the task at hand – driving!

Sources: ND Department of Transportation, bicyclesafe.com, Safe Kids Worldwide

Safer Summer Roads: teach your teen to share the road with workers and cyclists

Here’s a great read from the National Safety Council’s DriveitHOME blog. If you have a new driver in your family – check it out!

Are you teaching your teen to drive but not quite sure where to begin? DriveitHOME can help! We’ve developed practice tips and lessons for each week of the year so your teen’s learning process can be as smooth as possible. The lessons are a simple click away and, just like that, you’re on track to teaching your teen to drive – the right way.

Today we’re featuring lessons on how to handle road construction and motorcyclists – both common during the summer months.

Work Zones
Road construction is a necessary nuisance. How else can our roads be maintained or potholes be repaired? A work zone presents unique dangers. Following the rules associated with work zones is the first big step toward being safe.

  • Slow to the posted speed limit. Slow down even more if you see workers, especially flaggers who might direct you to stop if there is a hazard ahead.
  • Tell your teen to keep his or her eyes moving so it’s easy to notice workers, slow moving equipment, gear that might be sticking out into traffic lanes, dirt and debris on the road, clouds of dust kicked up by earth movers and temporary signs.
  • Also, explain to your teen the importance of being patient. Because of the special hazards and risks in work zones, most states step up enforcement by increasing fines and police patrols.
  • Put those scanning the road habits to use and watch for debris and workers. This will be a real test of your teen’s skills!

Sharing the Road with Two-Wheel Vehicles
Your teen will be sharing the road with motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and bicycles. Their size makes these vehicles particularly vulnerable, so your teen needs to pay special attention.

When you go driving with your teen this week, see if you can spot any two-wheel vehicles. Discuss these safety tips with your teen:

  • Check carefully for these vehicles before making a right turn. The drivers of two-wheel vehicles sometimes try to squeeze between your right side and the curb.
  • Check mirrors carefully before changing lanes. Then turn your head quickly to check your blind spot. These small vehicles can be easily hidden in blind spots.
  • Leave more following distance – 5 or 6 seconds rather than three. Two-wheel vehicles are lighter and can stop faster than cars. An extra margin of safety lets you stop before crashing into one!
  • Be careful when parked and opening a door – particularly if you are parked on the right side of a road and are sitting in the driver seat. It is sometimes difficult to see two-wheel vehicles and you wouldn’t want to have them smash into your door if you open it right in front of them.

Visit DriveitHOME.org for more tips on how to help your teens become the best drivers they can be.

The Most Dangerous Years
The most dangerous time in your child’s life will be the first few years they drive. The North Dakota Safety Council offers Alive at 25, a defensive driving course for teen drivers, that will help prepare them for challenges they’ll face behind the wheel. From peer pressure to distractions, law enforcement professionals will guide your teens to making SAFE decisions behind the wheel. Learn more and see a statewide course schedule at www.ndsc.org/aliveat25

My Journey from Sedentary to Stepping It Up

About a month ago, a wellness committee was formed at our office and they initiated a walking challenge. Being the competitive spirit that I am, I signed up right away! After all, I’m a young professional, mom of a toddler, and wife. I put in MANY steps in a day – or so I thought.

To help motivate and educate our staff, the committee emailed out some statistics. One infographic in particular caught my attention. It included the following stats:
  • People with sitting jobs have 2x the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs.
    HOLY CRAP! I already have a strong history of heart problems in my family!
  • As soon as you sit:
    • Electrical activity in the leg muscles shuts off.
      No wonder my leg muscles are weak!
    • Calorie burning drops to 1 per minute.
      At this point, I put down my latte.
    • Enzymes that help break down fat drop 90%.
      Was that latte non-fat?
  • After 2 hours of sitting good cholesterol drops 20%.
    Oh no! I sit for 4 hours at a time at work…

Needless to say, this got me thinking. I know I have a family history of health problems, and, I guess I do SIT a lot at work. So, I figured I could stand to make a few changes.

Then, the wellness committee handed out pedometers. We were supposed to track our steps on a daily basis and record them. To help us understand what our counts meant, they shared this:

  • Less than 5,000 steps/day = SEDENTARY
  • 5,000-7,499 = Low Active
  • 7,500-9,999= Somewhat Active
  • 10,000-12,499= Active
  • 12,500+ = Highly Active

And so, we all began tracking our steps. On Monday morning, with much enthusiasm, I slipped my pedometer on my waist and began my typical daily routine: get ready, get toddler ready, get toddler to daycare, go to work. At about 10:30 a.m., I peeked at my pedometer.

TWO HUNDRED STEPS. What?! That can’t be right!

After work, I continued my routine: pick up toddler from daycare, cook supper, scrub floor where toddler ate, do dishes, chase toddler, give toddler bath, dress toddler, bedtime stories, relax with hubby, bedtime. By the end of the day, at just 800 steps, I was CONVINCED my pedometer wasn’t working. But, day two showed the same results. And so did day three. And day four. I began to think it wasn’t my PEDOMETER that was doing something wrong….

I quickly realized change wasn’t optional, it was NECESSARY. So, I began analyzing my day to figure out where I could fit in my steps WITHOUT decreasing my productivity at work. It wasn’t an easy task. I could think of just about every excuse in the world NOT to walk – no long hallways to walk at my office; it’s winter and the roads are icy so I can’t walk outside; my lunch hour isn’t long enough to cook a good meal AND walk; I have too much to do at work to take 15 minutes to do lunges, squats or jumping jacks. The excuses just kept coming.

Eventually, I sucked it up and started increasing my steps. It was as simple as pacing my office while on a phone call, taking my dog out at lunch, and doing a little cleaning each night at home. The first week of the contest, I increased my steps by 42%. Week 2, I increased my steps from my base week by 57%, and by week 3, I increase by 61%! By the end of the challenge, I had figured out easy ways to increase my steps AND I lost 3 pounds. It even led to me making healthier meal, snack and beverage choices throughout each day. Plus, I was given the Overall Improvement Award and a $10 Starbucks giftcard from the wellness committee.

Thanks to our wellness committee, I have set a new goal for myself to start exercising 3-4 nights a week. Hopefully this will bump me to the 10,000+ steps/day category!

Business owners – if you’re looking for a simple way to incorporate worksite wellness into your plan, give this a try!

Employees – don’t underestimate the influence you can have on those around you. Taking the lead on a project like this really could make a difference in someone’s life. I know it did in mine!

Serena Schmit
Marketing Coordinator, Mom, Wife & Daughter

Don’t be helpless. BE THE HELP by knowing CPR & First Aid.

Man Having Heart Attack

Imagine you are sitting outside, enjoying the long overdue sunshine, when your husband slumps over in his chair and you realize that he is not breathing.  What do you do?  Really.  Do you panic, freeze, run for the phone to call 9-1-1, or start CPR? 

Eighty-eight percent of cardiac arrests happen at home, meaning – if you ever have to perform CPR – it will most likely be on a family member or loved one.  According to the American Heart Association, about 70% of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to perform CPR, or their training has significantly lapsed.

Your husband continues to lie there lifeless, as you frantically try to remember CPR details you learned years ago while in college. How many breaths?  How many chest compressions? Maybe you never took a CPR class and don’t know where to start.

So what is CPR?  CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and is the manual pumping of the heart to keep oxygenated blood circulating throughout the body to provide vital organs with blood and oxygen and to prevent brain damage.

Currently, the American Heart Association estimates that victims who receive bystander CPR (that could be you!) have a survival rate that is double or triple of those who do not receive CPR right away.  Sadly, the current number of cardiac arrest victims who receive bystander CPR is only 32%, and the survival rate for cardiac arrest victims is only 8%.

Your thoughts continue to race as you try to recall anything and everything you know about responding in this type of situation.  You’ve heard about AEDs, but you don’t have one. Does anyone nearby have one?

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that delivers an electronic shock through the chest to the heart and is meant to restore a normal heart rhythm in a cardiac arrest victim.  For every minute AED use is delayed, and a normal heartbeat is not restored, the victim’s chance of survival decreases by 7-10%.  Does your office building have an AED?  How about your favorite local coffee shop?  How long does it take for the ambulance to arrive on scene in your hometown? These are important questions to consider and could be the difference between life and death for a person.

So how can North Dakota improve cardiac arrest victims’ survival rate?  By using the Cardiac Chain of Survival.  The National Safety Council explains these crucial life-saving steps:

  1. Immediate recognition of the cardiac arrest and early activation of the emergency response system
  2. Early CPR with an emphasis on chest compressions
  3. Rapid defibrillation
  4. Effective advanced life support, and
  5. Integrated post-cardiac arrest care.

Now replace the victim in your imagined scenario with your child. You are eating dinner when all of the sudden your child starts choking on their cracker. It is lodged in their throat and he or she is unable to breath.  What do you do?  They’re just a child – does that make a difference in your response?

Choking and strangulation are among the top injuries that lead to death among children, according to Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children.  Sadly, the majority of those injuries and deaths are preventable. If the above scenario made you feel hesitant and unconfident in any way, consider registering for a Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid class.

Both Pediatric and Adult CPR/AED/ First Aid classes are offered every month in Bismarck, Dickinson, Minot, Fargo, Grand Forks, and Williston. The North Dakota Safety Council also provides private trainings for companies or organizations and sells safety products such as AEDs, CPR training manikins, and various first aid kits. Upon completion of the course, all students receive a 2-year CPR/AED certificate and a 3-year First Aid certificate. To learn more, or register for a course, visit www.ndsc.org or call 701-223-6372.

To be (SAFE), or not to be – that’s what it boils down to.

I grew up on a farm 10 miles outside town, so I am pretty familiar with driving in less-than-desirable weather conditions. If the school buses weren’t running, we drove ourselves to school. If it was icy, we drove slow. And, to be safe, we always buckled up and made sure we had our snow boots, gloves, snow pants and a hat in the back seat.

Fast forward 15 years later, and I’m now working for the North Dakota Safety Council with a husband and son at home.  Needless to say, my definition of safe has changed.

But, just because I work for the NDSC and safety is my job, doesn’t mean safe decisions come easily. Last week, I found myself stuck in unexpected blizzard conditions 45 miles from home. It was bitterly cold outside and zero visibility. But even I, Mrs. Safety (as my family so kindly calls me), found myself questioning whether or not I should pull over. Anyone with common sense would know that, if the weather man is reporting zero visibility, no travel advised by the NDDOT, and dangerous windchills – you should probably stay off the road. Still, thoughts kept running through my head like “Maybe it will get better as I get further west.”, and “Why isn’t anyone else pulling off?”  Even more important questions such as “What clothes will I wear tomorrow if I stay overnight?” ran through my head, as well.

But, the road conditions got worse the further I drove. I struggled to hold my foot steady on the gas as the snow blinded me and the white lines disappeared from the road. I knew the dangers of pulling over on the side of the road, so I kept driving, praying to find an exit.  Luckily, a semi guided me to an exit for a gas station. With my hands still trembling, I let out a sigh of relief as I put my car in park.

As I sat at that gas station, I watched numerous vehicles come and go. I would ask some of the drivers how bad the roads were. They would all say “HORRIBLE.” So, I’d ask them why they were getting back on the road and they’d simply reply, “What else am I supposed to do?” I started to feel like maybe I was overreacting by staying put. I mean, if they were all making the drive, why couldn’t I?

After about three and a half hours, two women walked in the gas station. I was on the phone with my husband trying to decide what to do when the gas station attendant started pointing to me. I got off the phone and he told me the two women were getting a motel room across the street. FINALLY, someone helped reaffirm my decision to stay put and stay SAFE.

I followed the two women across the street, paid $73 for my motel room, and slept through the remainder of the storm. I made it home by 7am the next day. I stopped by my son’s daycare and, as I hugged him, I thought about my decision to stay off the road. I’ll never know what would have happened if I had chosen to continue that drive. But at that moment, as he wrapped his arms around me, I knew I made the right choice.

I hope you never find yourself in a situation like I was. But, if you do, please don’t let the decisions of other drivers sway your decision to stay safe. Trust your gut instinct, and make the decision that is mostly likely to get you home safe.

Serena Schmit
Marketing Coordinator
NDSC
serenas@ndsc.org

Other winter driving tips from the NDSC:

  • Before you leave, stock your vehicle with a winter survival kit.
  • Check the weather report throughout the day.
  • Make sure someone knows your estimated time of arrival and the route you plan to travel.
  • Buckle up.
  • Stay home. Don’t travel in bad weather if you don’t have somewhere you HAVE to be.

Lessons Learned from the Man in the Mask

While the majority of working professionals have 8-5 jobs, there are some professionals who are required to work more unusual hours. Those who work in the medical field often fall into this category, entering or exiting work buildings late at night or early in the morning.  With such a schedule come personal safety dangers, particularly with predators who find these odd hours perfect for attacks.

I know one family who is very aware of these dangers.  My girlfriend’s mother works in the medical field as a nurse.  She had a frightening, eye-opening experience when she was just beginning her career years ago.

Her experience occurred as she was arriving at work to start her shift.  It was still dark out as she walked her usual route toward the nurse’s entrance to the hospital.  In her half-asleep state, she happened to notice something out of the corner of her eye.  When she looked toward that direction, she saw a man in a ski mask following her.  His footsteps slowly got closer and as soon as she realized what was going on, the race to the door was on.  Luckily, she was a very good athlete and was quite fast.  She made it to the door just in time to get inside and slam it shut before the masked man could grab her.

She was understandably very shaken by the incident, and is still bothered by it today.  The events of that morning were a chilling wake-up call to her whole family, and the lessons learned still resonate with my girlfriend who is now a nurse as well.

Unfortunately an event like this is a very real threat to both shift workers and the general public. Learning to identify a predator, and knowing how to defend yourself in case of an attack, could be the best educational experience of (and for) your life.

I recommend taking these simple steps to protect yourself:

  1. Avoid high-risk situations – if you don’t need to go out alone at night, avoid it.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings – stay off your phone when walking to your car and have your keys ready BEFORE you leave the building.
  3. Trust your instincts – if something feels wrong, something probably IS wrong. Don’t hesitate to ask for a security escort to your vehicle.
  4. Get educated and be PREPARED – find a personal safety course in your area that can teach you how to recognize predators and simple techniques to escape if you are attacked. The NDSC offers these courses statewide. Click here to learn more.

Please consider attending a personal safety course whether you work odd hours or not, as the information and techniques are life-saving and applicable to many situations. I know my girlfriend and her mom plan on being front and center in the NDSC’s next class.

Peter Pomonis
Home & Community Coordinator
PeterP@ndsc.org
701-751-6118