Possible hazards in your dorm

Sharing a room with someone will surely teach you a few life lessons, but it can also teach you about some common health and safety issues.

If you’ve never shared a room or lived in a small one, there are a few things you should be aware of to avoid harm.

Common items

Items that get touched a lot can spread germs between roommates. This includes keyboards, doorknobs, cups, pens and pencils.

To avoid further spreading germs, keep hand sanitizer in an obvious spot.

Use antibacterial wipes to clean common surfaces, and open windows to air out your room and keep it fresh.

If you feel an illness coming on, seek medical attention at early stages to prevent it from getting worse and spreading to others.

After getting sick, make sure to wash your bedding, where germs could be hiding. Living in such close quarters allows germs to spread easily and quickly.

Sports equipment can be a hazard if not put away properly. Lacrosse sticks and soccer balls, for example, can cause injury, especially when a room is dark.

During fire drills, leaving your dorm in a timely manner is necessary and can’t happen when two people are rushing out of a room trying not to get hurt.

Chunky equipment makes it easy for a person to trip and slip.

Make sure these items have a specific place for when they’re not in use, and that they are put there immediately after you’re done using them.

Having designated spots for your things eliminates the temptation of making the ground their home.

Other harmless items to watch for

You should avoid keeping some other simple, seemingly harmless items in your dorm.

Candles, if knocked over when lit, can basically set your entire dorm building aflame. If you’re forgetful, you might want to forget about bringing your hair straightener or coffee machine to school with you.

Without a kitchen, disposable silverware is probably the way to go to avoid germs from building up.

Clothing should not be thrown or kept on the floor. Though it sounds like common sense, sleeves, scarves and longer items get tangled easily and can cause you to trip.

Make sure you put your clothing directly into a hamper or dresser or hang it up, instead of procrastinating and throwing it anywhere.


Once you get used to your surroundings, it will be easy to see what’s causing problems. Generally keeping your room in order will prevent health and safety issues from occurring and slowing you down.

This will also encourage a good relationship with your roomie and resident assistant. Keeping track of how you live in your dorm can prevent problems and is good practice for later in life.

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