Campus Emergencies, Warnings and Notifications

Campus Emergencies, Warnings and Notifications


Summer Safety Tips-High Temperatures and Hot Cars

In just 10 minutes, the temperature in a hot car can rise 20 degrees. The crack of a window, even by inches, is no match to combat the rising heat. This heat can be deadly, especially for children because their body temperatures rise five times faster than adults.

Although it may be hard to believe, children can easily be left behind when parents are distracted, rushing, multi-tasking or have a change in routine. This is especially true during the summer months when kids are out of school and may have a different caretaker or driver.

Here are some tips to keep your kids safe this summer:

Be sure to check the back seat before you leave the vehicle.

If there is a change in plans and someone else is dropping the kids off have them call you at drop off so you know evryone made it safely.

In Pennsylvania it is a crime to leave a young child alone in a vehicle. Since 1991 PA motor vehicle code has declared it a summary offense, usually punishable by a fine, to leave a child under 6 in a motor vehicle out of a persons sight and under circumstances that endanger the health, safety or welfare of the child.

University Police

BU's Police Department employs commissioned police officers enforcing Pennsylvania Crime and Vehicle Codes and University Policies. Security officers monitor parking. Police officers are trained in first aid procedures and CPR, including one specifically as a first responder. Contained within the department is a sexual assault specialist. University and Pennsylvania regulations pertaining to alcohol, drugs and fire safety are strictly enforced by officers.

Workplace Safety

BU's Office of Workplace Safety has university-wide responsibility for developing and maintaining health and safety programs, providing an environment that protects and promotes the health and safety of all students, employees and visitors, ensures compliance will all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations. The department also provides training, consultation services and other various health and safety services.