Personal Safety Tips for Everyday Living

Everyday we take risks simply by existing – we drive, we engage in physical activities such as walking, running or biking. We also play sports, visit theme parks and go to concerts. Life is wonderful, but we are also prone to injury in almost every activity. Here are a few general safety tips for everyday activities:

Driving
According to in 2012, more than 100,000 people were injured in car accidents in North Carolina. It only takes one careless driver to cause an accident, but there are ways to protect yourself or at least mitigate your chances of injury.
● Never drive while tired. If you are nodding off, do not get behind the wheel.
● Do not drive if you have been drinking alcohol or if you are on medication that may impair your reaction time.
● Do not become distracted. Keep your cell phone out of reach or in the trunk!
● Obey all traffic signals and signs.
● Follow all protocols when driving at night or in bad weather – be sure all of your lights and windshield wipers are in working condition.
● Do not pick up hitchhikers.

At Home
According to the CDC, more than 40% of injuries reported from 2004-2007 occurred in the home. This is not surprising, since that’s where we spend most of our time (at least, we’d like to).
● Be sure your home is well lit, particularly near doorways.
● Prevent slip and falls in the shower with an anti-skid bath mat.
● Keep it tidy – make sure you have clear paths to all of the rooms in your home.
● Occasionally test your smoke alarms to be sure they are in working condition. A good way to remember to do this is to check them when you have to move the clocks forward or back for daylight saving.
● Be sure all handrails all sturdy.
● Be sure any household cleaners that may be dangerous to children or animals are out of reach.

Out and about
Going out jogging, biking, to a concert or sporting event is fun, but you don’t want to spoil an enjoyable activity by getting injured.

● Find a buddy – activities are always more fun with a friend, plus there is safety in numbers.
● If you are running, walking or biking at night, wear reflective clothing.
● If you have severe food allergies or other medical issues, wear a Medical Alert bracelet.
● Be aware of your surroundings – don’t allow alcohol or drugs to impair your judgment.
● Use caution in dark areas such as parking garages.
● Keep a small flashlight in your purse.
● Make sure your cell is phone is charged.
● In inclement weather, make sure you have car is filled up with gas.
● Do not accept rides from people you do not know. Call a cab instead.

Even with our best efforts to stay safe, injuries can occur. The personal injury attorneys at Wilson Law, P.A. have years of experience. If you have been injured in a car accident, in your home or elsewhere, we’d like to help. Contact us for a free consultation!

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