Safety Tip: Keep Your Head Up

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ESS Safety Tip of the Day!

I have a 7 year old son who is the poster child for ‘busy kid.’  Always has been.  I’m sure if he could have walked when he was born he would have hit the ground running.  He gets up early and doesn’t stop jumping, running and bouncing until he passes out….very very late at night.

Now I know why my mom drank vodka and Kool Aid, haha.

safety tipOne of my biggest worries has always been him getting hit by a car.  He has always been a runner and my husband and I have had our hands full over the years trying to prevent him from darting out onto the street.  And now, at 7 years old he has a tendency to keep his head down when he’s walking across the street or across a busy parking lot, not really paying attention to what is going on around him.

Being the slightly nagging mother that I am, I constantly remind him to keep his head up and always be on the lookout for cars backing out of parking spots or drivers zooming past us. He needs to be aware of his surroundings so he doesn’t inadvertently walk or run into a life-threatening situation.

So the safety tip of the day is: If we’re going to stay out of harms’ way, we need to keep our heads up.

But the safety tip doesn’t end there.

Wherever you walk at work you should be doing a few things.  First of all, scan the area ahead of you to spot any potential hazards that could cause you harm, but also look behind you.  If the shit hits the fan and you need to get out of dodge ASAP you need to be able to know your exit route very well.  This goes for all types of situations.  If you’re at a crowded bar on a Saturday night, be sure to take a minute and identify the fire exits and other escape routes to make sure that you can get out  if there does happen to be an emergency.

We often reinforce the safety tip to watch out for hazards in front of us, but it is also important to be aware of what is going on behind us as well.  Planning your escape route and doing a mental assessment of where the safety equipment is could be one safety tip that saves your life.

While you’re looking behind you for exits, also make an exit plan in your head.  Are there any obstacles that you might have to deal with in order to get out?  Are you with a group of people who also need to know the escape route?  Sure, it’s often easy to say, “but hey, nothing’s going to happen, so why worry”, but in the off chance that something does happen, it would sure be nice to be prepared. And if this practice does happen to transfer to a Saturday night concert, it’s not a bad idea to have a plan in place in case there is an emergency or the the group gets separated from each other.  A couple of weeks ago I was at a Pink concert with my good friend Cheryl and 12,000 other close friends and it was a tad disconcerting to think of the mayhem that would have ensued if there had been a fire or any other sort of crisis in the arena. If something would have happened there it would have been vital that we have an escape plan in mind, including how to get out and where to find each other after.

The essence of this safety tip is that it doesn’t have to take a long time to do either.  Get in the habit of scanning every area you go into, be it at work or otherwise and make a mental note of what your game plan would be if there was an emergency.  The best safety tip is one that you can use easily and make it a habit.

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