Would you consider yourself a safe person? Sure you look both ways before crossing the street and double-check that you turned the oven off, but do you consciously consider your safety? Well if not, no need to think too hard or look any further! We’ve compiled ten simple safety awareness tips you can easily implement that could save your life.
1. Park Under Lights
Dark parking lots are extremely dangerous. Parking your vehicle in a light area deters people from causing any harm to your car, or more importantly to you and your passengers.
2. Protection is Key
Keep your car key pointed outward between your pointer and middle finger when walking through a parking lot alone. Although you may have never thought about it, you can use your key for protection if you were in a situation where you would have to defend yourself.
3. If You’re Not Driving
If you’re getting a ride from someone, ask the driver to wait until you’re safely inside the building to leave.
4. Avoid Using ATM’s at Night
If you do have to access a machine when it’s dark out, be aware of any suspicious people nearby. It’s also a good idea to block view of the ATM while you’re completing your transaction, and to put away your money, card, and receipt before exiting.
5. Avoid Panhandlers
It’s best to ignore suspicious individuals if you’re in a dangerous or unfamiliar area.
6. Walk in the Middle of the Sidewalk
Walking in the middle or outer-edge of the sidewalk protects you from unforeseen danger. Walking within close proximity to surrounding buildings poses a risk because your hidden in the shadow cast by the building, which makes it nearly impossible for someone to notice you if you get into an unsafe situation.
7. Your Phone is Not Your Friend
Keep your phone on you, however refrain from using it when you’re in an unfamiliar or unsafe area. Criminals are more likely to target you not only because your valuable phone is out in the open, but because you aren’t paying attention to your surroundings.
8. Keep Emergency Numbers at Hand
It’s important to have the numbers for poison control, your Dr.(s), your local police and fire department saved in your phone. We never want to have to call these numbers, but you better hope you have them handy if you ever need to!
9. Have a Landline Phone
Cordless phones don’t work during power outages and cell phones run out of battery. A back up is important when all else fails!
10. Routine Inspections
Inspect your furnace, hot water heater, gas appliances and chimneys; as well as your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. For more details, check out our
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