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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

City College hosts first event promoting all types of safe living

Josh Ehrhardt, SMUD worker, demostrates what happens when a person touches a transformer box. Julie Jorgensen, Photo Editor. | juliejorgensenexpress@gmail.com
Josh Ehrhardt, SMUD worker, demostrates what happens when a person touches a transformer box. Julie Jorgensen, Photo Editor. | [email protected]

On the foggy morning of Jan. 28, City College started its first Safety Day at 10 a.m. in the Student Center.

As local organizations like Simply CPR and City College’s own Health Services set up booths around the room’s perimeter, Student Senate President Marianna Sousa and Secretary of Public Relations Melisa Lasell walked around to greet incoming students.

Other groups partaking in safety day included the California Poison Control System, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the Los Rios Police Department, and the California Department of Water Resources, which provided faucet aerators and five-minute hourglasses to gauge shorter showers.

Lasell contacted all the organizations who had booths or presentations at Safety Day.

“A huge applause needs to go out to every organization [that came],” Lasell said.

At the Poison Control System booth, Justin Lewis, director of the Sacramento division at the UC Davis Medical Center, explained that its phone operators can talk people through any concerns of poisoning before they get out of hand.

“Why go sit in the ER with [lots of] sick people if you don’t need to?” Lewis said.

Sousa made a speech at the main podium to commence the planned activities and announce the intent of Safety Day.
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City College Student Senate President Marianna Sousa at Safety Day, explaining to children what to do if a stranger offers them treats. Julie Jorgensen, Photo Editor. | juliejorgensenexpress@gmail.com
City College Student Senate President Marianna Sousa at Safety Day, explaining to children what to do if a stranger offers them treats. Julie Jorgensen, Photo Editor. | [email protected]

“The idea is that we’re celebrating that we all deserve to be safe,” Sousa said.

A variety of presentations followed until the event ended at 3 p.m. Simply CPR owner Shannon Finney Pederson demonstrated the proper motions to save a person from choking, encouraging students to mimic her step-by-step. SMUD set up a table-length model to simulate several potentially dangerous situations involving power lines. Sousa later showcased affordable materials to include in an emergency kit, including a head lamp, Insta-Fire, Band-Aids, and zip ties to nonviolently restrain aggressors.

The variety of activities and interactive nature of Safety Day stood out to City College student Tarnpreet Singh, a computer science major.

“It looks like a fun environment,” Singh said. “It feels like a community event.”

According to Sousa, the Student Senate plans to go to the State Capitol on Feb. 24, Lobby Day, and propose to California lawmakers that Safety Day become a mandated yearly event.

“[We are] teaching people how to empower themselves instead of operate out of fear,” Sousa said. “This is a gift.”

 

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