When I walked into my freshman dorm room for the first time, I was so excited! This was my first room away from home…complete with my own desk, drawers, and the bunk bed where I would sleep. When I climbed into that bed every night, it didn’t cross my mind a single time that it was dangerous. No one I knew had ever fallen out of their bed, so it wasn’t on my radar at all. That is, until a year and a half later, when I rolled out of a loft bed in my sleep and suffered a traumatic brain injury that almost killed me. The brain injury and stroke I suffered caused serious injury to my brain and body and I will probably deal with the repercussions for the rest of my life. Before my fall, I never would’ve given rails a second thought. But now I am an outspoken advocate for them. Something so simple could have prevented so much pain and anguish for me and for my family. Don’t let it happen to you. Get a safety rail.
GET A RAIL…it COULD save your life.
As a mechanical engineering student at Georgia Institute of Technology and a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, Clark Jacobs was living large and following his dreams. In January of 2015, Clark had just finished a week at his co-op and returned to the Kappa Sig house for the evening. While he was sleeping the night of January 10th, Clark rolled out of his lofted bed and landed on his head, fracturing his skull. He suffered a severe brain bleed and an ensuing hemorrhagic stroke that required brain surgery to save him. As Clark slowly regained consciousness and began his two-year journey to his old life, his Mom began a non-profit organization whose mission would be to make sure that this type of tragedy wouldn’t happen to another family. “Rail Against the Danger” was born. Started as a grassroots campaign to bring awareness to college students and their families, RAD is now pursuing legislation to require safety rails on bunk and loft beds in the institutional setting.