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General Safety Tips

Safety should be considered no matter where you are. There are times in which many people simply shrug off safety,believing that the location they are in is going to be safe enough. However, it needs to be known that just because you are at home, does not necessarily mean that you are safe. There are several tips that you can take into consideration when it comes to your workplace, utilizing the Internet, safety while out shopping, and the overall safety in your own home. Those who take the time to familiarize themselves with what they should do in certain situations or how to avoid any safety obstacles will find that they are more prepared for anything that comes their way. This level of preparedness gives many people peace of mind knowing that they have everything they need within themselves to handle any situation.


Workplace Safety

When talking about the workplace, there are several safety consideration that have to be made. Several workplaces are going to have obstacles that are going to be a safety hazard each and every day. For example, businesses that use a lot of machinery are going to have more safety hazards than a business that is based on working at a desk. However, no matter where you work you are going to notice that there are safety hazards that you need to aware of.
The following are just a few ideas of what can happen in a workplace:
- Loss of limb due to not paying attention while dealing with machinery
- Falling and breaking bones
- Electrical shock
- Death
- Eye and Ear problems later in life
When you work in a place that does require a lot of physical activity, there are several things that you are going to want to keep in mind:
1. Always wear safety glasses, ear pieces and gloves to protect your hands, eyes and ears.
2. Report any unsafe machine or behavior of someone else to a supervisor
3. Always pay attention to what you are doing
4. Follow instructions when it comes to dealing with machinery
5. Always pay attention to others around you as it could be something that they do that puts you in danger.



Internet Safety


The safety of everyone is in jeopardy as soon as a person gets online. Even those who do not use social media are still taking a chance with their safety when they go online. With this being said, the following are rules in place that are meant to keep you safe while online:
- Never give out your name, address, telephone number or the like to someone whom you may have never met or do not know
- Only buy items online from sites that are secured and prepared to help protect your identity
- Always use passwords that are hard for someone to guess as this reduces the chances of someone hacking into your email account or the like.
- Avoid writing down these passwords as they can be found easily
- Have a firewall and malware program running on your computer to avoid being the target of identity theft.
- Never meet someone in private that you have met online, only meet in public places to ensure that there is no danger to you.

Safety While Shopping


While anyone is out shopping, they can ultimately be a target for a criminal to take advantage of. There are several stories on the news that show how someone can get taken advantage of while they are out shopping. With this being said, there are a few rules that you are going to want to follow:
- Always park in well lit areas and if possible park around others. This is going to deter a criminal from stealing your car.
- When you are walking out to your car, always be aware of your surroundings. If you feel that someone is watching or following you, head back into the store and inform security or management of the situation.
- Lock your cars and always put any personal belongings out of sight, this is a great deterrent to having your car stolen.
- When you use a debit or credit card do not pull this out of your wallet until you are at the register and use your body to cover the keypad should you need to enter a debit card pin number. There have been times in which someone close to someone can get their entire card number from simply looking over the person's shoulders.
- Always be prepared for anything while out, the panic button on your key fob is a great tool to use if you feel that someone is watching you as it causes noise and people are going to look.
- Consider shopping with someone else or a group in order to minimize being targeted because you are alone.



Home Safety


Within your home there are several safety issues that can be lurking around every corner. Your home is one of the first places that can cause injury or harm to someone, thus it is vital that you take the necessary precautions in order to make your home safe. Here are just a few things to consider when making your home safe:
- Always ensure that hallways and stair wells are lit well. Several cases of people falling down the stairs in the hallways hurting themselves is often the result of poor lighting conditions.
- Ensure that there is a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and any other place in which you may feel one may be needed.
- Consider placing grab handles in bathrooms and areas in which may be a cause for alarm.
- Ensure that your door locks are locking properly. It is best to have not only a lock on the door knob, but a dead bolt for extra safety.
- Make sure that your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working throughout the house. You will find that the more safety precautions you take in your life, the more likely you are to avoid harm. However, there are going to be times that no matter what you do that someone ends up getting hurt. But, if you take precautions this injury could be minimal compared to what it could have been.
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