Why It’s Important to Stay Safe

Staying Safe

As we go about our day to day lives, it can be easy to forget the simple ways to ensure our safety. Our health and wellbeing should always be a priority, whether we’re at home, work or travelling. There are potential hazards everywhere that we often overlook but by taking just a few minutes of our day to stop and think about these dangers, we can prevent accidents from happening.

If you’d like some tips and advice on how to stay safe no matter where you are or what you’re doing, keep reading this post. If you’d like to speak to a professional about an accident you have had at home or work there are places like Slater and Gordon who will be able to assist you.

Making your home safe

Our home is a place we often associate with being a safe haven, but have you considered the potential risks within your home? It’s worth keeping these tips in mind to prevent a home related accident.

  • Don’t overload your electrical sockets. Always check that your extension lead doesn’t exceed the current rating, as this could cause the socket to overheat and potentially cause a fire.
  • Install smoke detectors. We should all take fire safety seriously, so ensure you have a fire detector installed on each floor of your home. Choose a fire alarm that has a long battery life, most recommend at least 10 years.
  • Switch off appliances. When you go to bed or if you’re not home for long periods of time, turn off any appliances that you’re not using. A fault can easily occur if the appliance is left on and unused.

Safety in the workplace

Your employer has a duty to provide you with a safe environment to work in. But that doesn’t mean you’re not responsible for you own safety. Here are a few ways you can stay safe at work:

  • Avoid a slip, trip or fall. It’s easy to fall over anywhere but especially in the workplace. Make sure loose wires and cables are tucked away and keep walkways clear at all times.
  • Wear the right equipment. If your job involves working with harmful substances or poses any kind of risk, then remember to wear the right protective equipment. Things like safety helmets, goggles, hi-vis clothing and safety footwear can help prevent injury.
  • Lift heavy objects correctly. If you need to pick heavy objects up, your employer should offer you training in manual handling and supply you with equipment to assist.

Stay safe when out and about

If you’re commuting to work or heading for a spot of shopping, staying safe should be on your mind, whether you’re walking, driving or taking public transport.

  • Be seen. Dress appropriately by wearing light coloured and/or reflective clothing when it’s dark out. Stick to familiar routes and avoid listening to music as this will make you more alert.
  • Look after your vehicle. Carry out safety checks on your car and make sure you get it serviced regularly. Remember to stick to the speed limit and put your mobile phone away. Take into consideration the weather conditions you’ll be driving in and adjust your driving accordingly.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you’re using public transport, keep your belongings to yourself and position yourself close to others, for example, avoid sitting in a train carriage alone. If you see something that doesn’t look right, alert a member of staff.

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