Practise Safety. Taking safety precautions is one of the most important things that Healthwise advises to protect yourself and your family from accidents and injuries. Let common sense and these partial lists be your guides.
- Post emergency telephone numbers near telephone.
- Have an emergency plan in case of accidents, fire, or injury. Practice the plan with your family.
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, and check them twice a year to make sure they work.
- Keep a working fire extinguisher in your home. Make sure everyone in the house (including the babysitter) knows how to use it.
- Keep all medications, cleaning and automotive supplies, and other hazardous products securely stored and out of the reach of children.
- Turn off appliances after use. Unplug small appliances and put them away after they have cooled.
- Store firearms unloaded and securely, out of the reach of children. Store ammunition separately.
- Prevent falls by securing rugs that slip, keeping stairs and hallways clear of clutter, and turning on lights.
When on the Move:
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Make sure everyone in your car is wearing a safety belt.
- Obey traffic laws and speed limits.
- Keep your car, bike, skateboard, skis, and other recreational gear in good operating condition.
- Wear helmets and sport-specific padding when bicycling, in-line skating, playing baseball, etc. Wear eye protection when playing racquet sports.
- Never let children play unattended near water.
- Follow your employer’s safety guidelines.
- Wear clothing and protective equipment that is appropriate for your job (hard hat, gloves, goggles, earplugs, etc.)
- Protect yourself against smoke, dangerous fumes, and exposure to chemicals.
- Know the location of fire extinguishers and emergency exits nearest your workstation.