Life is full of adventures; however, there are many dangers and risks that should be avoided. When walking your pet, walking to and from work, going to a restaurant, club or exercising, try to avoid doing this alone. Walk in a group or pairs! Not only can this be enjoyable, but it also helps minimize the opportunity of danger (such as being mugged or molested) approaching you. If you have to walk alone, follow Genesis Security Groups Top 10 “Tips for Safely Walking Alone”.
Carry a cell phone. A cell phone is great to you use if there is an emergency. Before taking your cell phone with you, ensure it is charged and the contact numbers are on speed dial.
Carry a noise maker (i.e. whistle or personal alarm) to alert others if something is wrong.
If you plan to walk in the dark, wear bright reflective clothing and carry a flashlight. This will help increase visibility for other drivers.
Avoid wearing headphones in your ear while walking. If you wish to listen to music with headphones, have a headphone in one ear. This is an important step to follow, as you may not be alert and able to hear if danger is approaching.
Walk with confidence. Don’t look afraid, walk with your head up, at a steady pace, and provide eye contact to individuals who pass you.
Let someone know your where about’s including the route you will be taking and the time you plan to leave and return.
Walk facing traffic! Especially if there are no sidewalks this will better help you prepare for dangers that may be coming towards you.
Avoid taking short cuts and walking in dark alleys. It is important to stay in areas that are well lit and busy.
Trust your instincts! If you have a feeling someone is following you cross the road and go to a location that is public and safe such as the nearest gas station, police station or restaurant.
Have your keys ready! This will help avoid searching for them and being distracted while trying to get into your car or house.
With 2011 coming to an end, it’s time to get your party hats, confetti, and noise maker’s ready for celebrating 2012. New Years Eve can be enjoyable for individuals of all ages if it is done right and in a safe manner. Genesis Security has created Top 10“Celebrating New Years Eve Safety” Tips that should be used to keep your family and friends safe on December 31, 2011.
If you are planning to go out and drink it is important to know how you are going to get home. Consider the following options: a. Decide on a designated driver for the night.
b.You can also use a country wide service that helps prevent drinking and driving. This service focuses on using volunteers to pick and drop you home in your vehicle. For further details, click here -http://operationnezrouge.com/en/cont.asp?F=242
c.Transit provides a free service after 5p.m. and runs late for the evening. For information on schedules, click here.
It is important to only carry necessary Identification cards such as license, credit card, and debit card. Avoid carrying valuables and a lot of cash.
Do not leave your drink unattended and accept drinks from strangers!
Travel in a group. New Years Eve can be a dangerous evening with people drinking, creating conflicts and acting in a disruptive manner.
Always carry your cell phone, and make sure your family and friends know where and who you will be going out with for the evening.
Staying In and Hosting a Party
Limit your guest list to people you know and trust.
Decide on who the designated drivers will be for the evening. Provide a box to hold car keys at the front door for individuals who are going to be drinking. In your RSVP state that individuals who plan to drink and drive to the party should leave their car keys in the box at the front door and pick them up the next day.
Have someone monitor the alcohol intake! It is important to watch your guests to ensure that everyone is drinking in a responsible way, and if anyone is out of control they should be escorted out.
If children are invited to the party, it is important to have someone supervise them especially if alcohol is being served. Consider providing entertainment for the children.
Fireworks can be enjoyable to watch; however, they can be dangerous! It is important to have someone who is over the age of 19 and is sober to be in charge of lighting and monitoring the fireworks.
Bonus Tip ****Be alert, be safe, and have a fun while participating in your New Year’s celebrations.