10 Tips to Help You Shop Safely

Planning on starting your holiday shopping while home for Thanksgiving break? Keep these tips in mind to help you stay safe!

An abstract view from the bottom of a shopping cart, black and white photograph. Credit cc flickr user r.nial.bradshaw

  1. Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
  2. Shop online only from companies you know and trust. Check a company’s background if you are not familiar with it. Remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!
  3. Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.
  4. Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as one-time or multi-use disposable credit cards or money orders, especially at online stores and auction sites.
  5. Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to “shoulder surf” to get your account information.
  6. Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
  7. Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
  8. Do not leave packages or other valuables visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.
  9. Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies if you are using mass transit.
  10. If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you get separated. Select a central meeting place and make sure they know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.

Boland Hall Fire Safety Systems Information, 2014

Building Name: Boland Hall

Address: 201 Van Buren Street

Building Size: 9 floors plus basements and sub-basement; 6 exits

Building Capacity: 312

Fire Protection Systems

Sprinkler System: Wet system throughout building including 100% of student rooms; 2 pre-action dry systems cover the electrical vault and the elevator mechanical room.
Fire Pump: 1,000 GPM Electric Flow Meter
Fire Alarm Control Panel: EST-3
Addressable Pull Stations: 29
Sprinkler Supervisory: 23
Photo-Electric Smoke Detectors: 122
Water Flow Switches: 14
Heat Detectors: 25
Roof Hatches: 0
Duct Detectors: 0
Fire Shutters/Louvers: 0
Alarm: Horns w/ Visual, 61
Beam Detectors: 0
Fire Extinguishers: 33
Alarm System Type: Campus Tie
Ansul Systems: 0
Inspections Requirements: NFPA 72 (1 thru 7)

Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance

Evacuation Drills: 2/18/2014, 3/18/2014, 10/2/2014, 11/14/2014

Smoke Detection Certification: 5/14/2014

New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Inspection: 10/17/2014

Fire Alarms:

DateCause
01/24/2014Malicious
04/22/2014Unknown
06/12/2014Accidental
07/09/2014Steam
08/29/2014Unknown
09/19/2014Unknown
10/12/2014Unknown
10/19/2014Unknown
10/21/2014Cooking
10/30/2014Cooking

 

Booth Hall Fire Safety Systems Information, 2014

Building Name: Booth Hall

Address: 505 Comstock Avenue

Building Size: 9 floors plus basement; 4 exits

Building Capacity: 261

Fire Protection Systems

Sprinkler System: Wet system throughout building including 100% of student rooms; 2 pre-action dry systems cover the electrical vault and the elevator mechanical room.
Fire Pump: 1,000 GPM Electric Flow Meter
Fire Alarm Control Panel: EST-3
Addressable Pull Stations: 27
Sprinkler Supervisory: 22
Photo-Electric Smoke Detectors: 158
Water Flow Switches: 18
Heat Detectors: 18
Roof Hatches: 0
Duct Detectors: 0
Fire Shutters/Louvers: 0
Alarm: Horns w/ Visual, 70
Beam Detectors: 0
Fire Extinguishers: 33
Alarm System Type: Campus Tie
Ansul Systems: 0
Inspections Requirements: NFPA 72 (1 thru 7)

Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance

Evacuation Drills: 2/21/2014, 3/24/2014, 10/2/2014, 11/4/2014

Smoke Detection Certification: 5/30/2014

New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Inspection: 12/3/2014

Fire Alarms:

DateCause
01/15/2014Cooking
02/16/2014Cooking
03/16/2014Cooking
04/03/2014Cooking
04/24/2014Cooking
05/02/2014Cooking
05/06/2014Cooking
05/07/2014Unknown
07/11/2014Contractor
07/21/2014Contractor
08/25/2014Accidental
10/02/2014Sprinklers
10/31/2014Accidental
12/07/2014Unknown
12/09/2014Cooking

Brewster Hall Fire Safety Systems Information, 2014

Building Name: Brewster Hall

Address: 401 Van Buren Street

Building Size: 13 floors plus basement and sub-basement, 5 exits

Building Capacity: 444

Fire Protection Systems

Sprinkler System: Wet system throughout building including 100% of student rooms; 2 pre-action dry systems cover the electrical vault and the elevator mechanical room.
Fire Pump: 1,000 GPM Electric Flow Meter
Fire Alarm Control Panel: EST-3
Addressable Pull Stations: 38
Sprinkler Supervisory: 27
Photo-Electric Smoke Detectors: 163
Water Flow Switches: 20
Heat Detectors: 24
Roof Hatches: 0
Duct Detectors: 3
Fire Shutters/Louvers: 0
Alarm: Horns w/ Visual, 66
Beam Detectors: 0
Fire Extinguishers: 41
Alarm System Type: Campus Tie
Ansul Systems: 0
Inspections Requirements: NFPA 72 (1 thru 7)

Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance

Evacuation Drills: 2/18/2014, 3/18/2014, 10/2/2014, 11/14/2014

Smoke Detection Certification: 5/14/2014

New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Inspection: 10/17/2014

DateCause
1/24/2014Malicious
4/22/2014Unknown
06/12/2014Accidental
07/09/2014Steam
08/29/2014Unknown
09/19/2014Unknown
10/12/2014Unknown
10/19/2014Unknown
10/21/2014Cooking
10/30/2014Cooking

Brockway Hall Fire Safety Systems Information, 2014

Building Name: Brockway Hall

Address: 401 Van Buren Street

Building Size: 3 floors, 6 exits

Building Capacity: 27

Fire Protection Systems

Sprinkler System: Wet system throughout building including 100% of student rooms; 2 pre-action dry systems cover the electrical vault and the elevator mechanical room.
Fire Pump: 1,000 GPM Electric Flow Meter
Fire Alarm Control Panel: EST-3
Addressable Pull Stations: 38
Sprinkler Supervisory: 27
Photo-Electric Smoke Detectors: 163
Water Flow Switches: 20
Heat Detectors: 24
Roof Hatches: 0
Duct Detectors: 3
Fire Shutters/Louvers: 0
Alarm: Horns w/ Visual, 66
Beam Detectors: 0
Fire Extinguishers: 13
Alarm System Type: Campus Tie
Ansul Systems: 5
Inspections Requirements: NFPA 72 (1 thru 7)

Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance

Evacuation Drills: 2/18/2014, 3/18/2014, 10/2/2014, 11/14/2014

Smoke Detection Certification: 5/14/2014

New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Inspection: 10/17/2014

DateCause
1/24/2014Malicious
4/22/2014Unknown
06/12/2014Accidental
07/09/2014Steam
08/29/2014Unknown
09/19/2014Unknown
10/12/2014Unknown
10/19/2014Unknown
10/21/2014Cooking
10/30/2014Cooking

Chinook Drive Fire Safety Information, 2014

Building Name: Chinook Apartments

Address: Chinook Drive, South Campus

Building Size: 2 floors

Building Capacity: 8 apartments

Fire Protection Systems

Sprinkler System: No sprinkler system.
Smoke Detectors: Single Stations Local Alarms
Fire Extinguishers: In every apartment

Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance

Smoke Detection Certification: 7/2014

New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Inspection: 10/12/2014

Day Hall Fire Safety System Information, 2014

Building Name: Day Hall

Address: 300 Mount Olympus Drive

Building Size: 8 floors plus basement and elevator penthouse, 7 exits

Building Capacity: 607

Fire Protection Systems

Sprinkler System: Wet system throughout building including 100% of student rooms; 2 pre-action dry systems cover the electrical vault and the elevator mechanical room.
Fire Pump: 1,000 GPM Electric Flow Meter
Fire Alarm Control Panel: FCI-FCID
Addressable Pull Stations: 59
Sprinkler Supervisory: 32
Photo-Electric Smoke Detectors: 208
Water Flow Switches: 20
Heat Detectors: 35
Roof Hatches: 4
Duct Detectors: 0
Fire Shutters/Louvers: 0
Alarm: Horns w/ Visual, 75
Beam Detectors: 0
Fire Extinguishers: 46
Alarm System Type: Campus Tie
Ansul Systems: 0
Inspections Requirements: NFPA 72 (1 thru 7)

Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance

Evacuation Drills: 2/10/2014, 3/20/2014, 9/23/2014, 11/11/2014

Smoke Detection Certification: 5/19/2014

New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Inspection: 10/24/2014

DateCause
02/15/2014Malicious
03/26/2014Accidental
04/10/2014Cooking
06/13/2014Dust
07/02/2014Contractors
09/21/2014Cooking
09/24/2014Cooking
10/03/2014Unknown
10/21/2014Accidental
10/31/2014Unknown
12/02/2014Accidental
12/09/2014Cooking

Dellplain Hall Fire Safety System Information, 2014

Building Name: Dellplain Hall

Address: 601 Comstock Avenue

Building Size: 9 floors plus basement, 5 exits

Building Capacity: 436

Fire Protection Systems

Sprinkler System: Wet system throughout building including 100% of student rooms; 2 pre-action dry systems cover the electrical vault and the elevator mechanical room.
Fire Pump: 1,000 GPM Electric Flow Meter
Fire Alarm Control Panel: EST-3
Addressable Pull Stations: 34
Sprinkler Supervisory: 26
Photo-Electric Smoke Detectors: 197
Water Flow Switches: 20
Heat Detectors: 28
Roof Hatches: 0
Duct Detectors: 0
Fire Shutters/Louvers: 0
Alarm: Horns w/ Visual, 54
Beam Detectors: 0
Fire Extinguishers: 33
Alarm System Type: Campus Tie
Ansul Systems: 0
Inspections Requirements: NFPA 72 (1 thru 7)

Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance

Evacuation Drills: 2/14/2014, 3/20/214, 10/1/2014, 11/10/2014

Smoke Detection Certification: 5/21/2014

New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Inspection: 12/3/2014

DateCause
01/20/2014Cooking
01/22/2014Accidental
01/28/2014Cooking
01/31/2014Accidental
02/08/2014Cooking
02/10/2014Unknown
02/26/2014Cooking
04/19/2014Cooking
04/29/2014Cooking
05/20/2014Dust
06/26/2014Contractor
07/11/2014Unknown
07/17/2014Cooking
08/01/2014Electrical
08/31/2014Accidental
09/10/2014Smoke- Cigarette
09/17/2014Accidental
09/18/2014Cooking
09/19/2014Accidental
10/27/2014Unknown
11/06/2014Cooking

Ernie Davis Hall Fire Safety System Information, 2014

Building Name: Ernie Davis Hall

Address: 619 Comstock Avenue

Building Size: 9 floors

Building Capacity: 250

Fire Protection Systems

Sprinkler System: Wet system throughout building including 100% of student rooms; 2 pre-action dry systems cover the electrical vault and the elevator mechanical room.
Fire Pump: 1,000 GPM Electric Flow Meter
Fire Alarm Control Panel: EST-3
Addressable Pull Stations: 35
Sprinkler Supervisory: 23
Photo-Electric Smoke Detectors: 429
Water Flow Switches: 12
Heat Detectors: 19
Roof Hatches: 0
Duct Detectors: 197
Fire Shutters/Louvers: 0
Alarm: Horns w/ Visual, 280
Beam Detectors: 1
Fire Extinguishers: 34
Alarm System Type: Campus Tie
Ansul Systems: 0
Inspections Requirements: NFPA 72 (1 thru 7)

Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance

Evacuation Drills: 2/11/2014, 3/25/2014, 10/3/2014, 11/5/2014

Smoke Detection Certification: 5/30/2014

New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Inspection: 12/3/2014

DateCause
01/06/2014Sprinkler
01/21/2014Steam
01/21/2014Steam
01/21/2014Cooking
02/01/2014Steam
02/03/2014Cooking
02/06/2014Unknown
02/07/2014Steam
03/15/2014Cooking
03/17/2014Cooking
04/03/2014Unknown
04/14/2014Cooking
07/21/2014Cooking
07/21/2014Cooking
07/28/2014Cooking
08/01/2014Unknown
08/02/2014Cooking
08/10/2014Cooking
08/22/2014Steam
09/18/2014Steam
10/27/2014Cooking
10/30/2014Unknown
12/03/2014Cooking

Farm Acre Road Fire Safety System Information, 2014

Building Name: Farm Acre Apartments

Address: Farm Acre Road, South Campus

Building Size: 2 floors

Building Capacity: 8 apartments

Fire Protection Systems

Sprinkler System: No sprinkler system.
Smoke Detectors: Single Stations Local Alarms
Fire Extinguishers: In every apartment.

Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance

Smoke Detection Certification: 7/2014

New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Inspection: 10/15/2014