Safety

Staying safe on and off campus is important, below is some handy information to be aware of that can help you achieve this.


Campus Security

Security for the Medway Campus is based at the main entrance, you can visit their office in person or can call them via 01634 883138.

If there is an emergency on-campus please contact Campus Security first wherever possible or 999 if the situation warrants it.

There is also a local Police University Liaison Officer (Sean Brooks) on campus and they can be contacted via email [email protected].


Harassment

The University of Kent has appointed and trained members of staff as Harassment Contacts and they can be contacted for advice and support.

The University of Greenwich has guidance on harassment procedures and the help that they can provide you.


Domestic Abuse

Kent and Medway have produced a Domestic Abuse Strategy 2020-23.

The above is a strategy document about how they want to develop and improve services over the next 3 years.  If you need support now this can be accessed by telephoning Victim Support on 0808 168 9276, or visiting their website.

If you are in immediate danger please do not be afraid to call 999, otherwise you can contact Kent Police on the non-emergency telephone number 101 or visit your local police station to speak with an officer in confidence.  Alternatively, you can contact the freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge on 0808 2000 247 or the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327.


Gas Safety

Make sure you stay gas safe in your new student home by taking the following steps:

  1. Get checked
    Gas heating and cooking appliances installed in rented student accommodation should receive an annual safety check by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer - your landlord is responsible for this. They should keep a record of each safety check for at least two years and issue copies, as well as a landlords safety certificate, to you, the tenants.
  2. Get a CO alarm
    Fit an audible CO alarm or get your landlord to fit one. Those that meet safety standard BS EN 50291 show a British Standards Kitemark. You can get them at most homeware or DIY stores, just make sure that you follow the alarm manufacturer's instructions for installation and maintenance.
  3. Stay aware
    Carbon Monoxide is colourless and odourless, and because its symptoms are the same as other common ailments, CO poisoning can be difficult to detect. Look out for headaches, nausea and tiredness, and note whether your symptoms are less severe when you're away from the property.

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is the cause of approximately 40 deaths in England and Wales each year and caused over 2,000 visits to A&E with over 400 people hospitalised.

It's important to remember that fitting an audible CO alarm is not an alternative to other gas safety checks. Make sure your appliances, flues and chimneys are serviced and tested, and while you're at it, make sure your fire alarms work too.

This text was prepared by the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group and Carbon Monoxide All Fuels Action Forum