The Pegasus Ballroom will turn into a one-stop shop for all things safety-related on Wednesday, Sept. 3, as part of UCF’s annual Safety Fair.
On- and off-campus services related to violence and crime prevention, fire safety, health and wellness, and community awareness and support will be showcased in the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be the fifth year UCF has held the Safety Fair, which is coordinated by Victim Services in honor of National Campus Safety Awareness Month.
“Personal safety is no longer optional but mandatory in today’s day and time. We want students to come out and learn about the resources we have to offer them because as we know, it’s better to be safe than sorry,” said UCF Police Chief Richard Beary. “Especially in today’s age of electronic theft, computer crime and social media, we want students to consider their safety on campus, off campus and around the clock.”
Information, activities and demonstrations will educate students about how to stay safe and equip them with the knowledge and tools to prevent and report crimes.
Students can pose in the Florida Department of Transportation’s photo booth with police, fire and other safety props or take martial arts demonstrations with American Top Team. Staffers from The Home Depot will showcase locks, lighting, security systems and other safety hardware and explain to students where to find them, how to install the items and why they’re important.
Representatives from three local domestic-violence shelters also will be in attendance.
UCF Environmental Health & Safety will conduct fire extinguisher demonstrations throughout the day, and trained peer advocates from Wellness & Health Promotions’ Health Hut will answer questions about stress, nutrition, sex, alcohol and drugs and other areas.
Other UCF participants will include Counseling and Psychological Services; Office of Emergency Management; Emergency Management Student Organization; Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life; Housing and Residence Life; Knight’s Pantry; Knight Advocates; Office of Diversity Initiatives, Office of Integrity and Ethical Development; Office of Student Conduct; University Ombuds office; UCF Cares; UCF Police; and Volunteer UCF.