February is Safety Awareness Month

February is Safety Awareness month, so we’re sharing our favorite safety & security tips.  What does safety actually mean?  Safety is both being physically safe from harm and also the act of avoiding situations with recognized hazards to keep yourself safe.  Practicing good safety starts at home, so always be sure to be aware of potential hazards in your daily life.  Review these great tips, and visit our other posts for more detailed information on these topics!

1. Be careful when walking to your car at night; stay in lit areas, walk with others, and always be aware of your surroundings.

2. Utilize your phone as a safety tool; make sure you have all your emergency contact info programmed into your phone so it’s quick and easy to access.

3. Be cautious and trust your gut when dealing with people through online services; always agree to meet in public places, and only exchange goods, services, or money in person.  

4. Check your fire and carbon monoxide detectors regularly to make sure they’re working, and be sure to replace the batteries as needed.

5. Make sure light bulbs are the correct wattage for the lamp you’re using them in- incorrect wattage is the number one reason for electrical fires!

6. Create an emergency kit for your car in case you break down and have to wait awhile for help to arrive; water, snacks, a first aid kit, and matches are a great start.  Check the blog for more great ideas.

7. Periodically revisit emergency contact lists and meeting areas with your child to make sure they know what to do in case of emergencies.

8. If you’re going hiking, make a trip plan for your family members saying where you’re going and when you expect to be back; if you’re not home when you’re expected, they’ll have some information on where to look for you.

9. Never leave cooking food unattended; fires can start quickly, particularly if grease is involved!  Being present physically and mentally while cooking will ensure you’re able to react quickly if something does catch on fire.