How safety-conscious are you when you are off-the-job? You can do a lot to increase your safety by paying more attention to your attitude and habits. This applies whether you are relaxing at home, driving your car or participating in your favorite recreational activity. Use the following checklist to do a personal safety inspection:
Do you keep all traffic pathways, inside and outside, clear of obstacles?
Do you clean up spills immediately to avoid slips and falls?
Does the stairway have a solid handrail? Do you always use it when climbing or descending the stairs?
Do you have a night light in hallways and bathrooms to avoid tripping accidents after dark?
Do you and your family regularly practice fire drills so that everyone knows what to do and where to meet outside?
Do you keep your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in good operating condition?
Does everyone in the family know how to use the fire extinguishers?
In the garage or workshop:
Are all toxic substances such as cleaning products, paints, herbicides and car products kept locked up and out of the reach of children?
Are they all still in their original containers with instructions for safe handling and first aid procedures for accidental poisonings?
Are all sharp, powered or other dangerous tools secured and out of the reach of children?
Do you always use the correct tool for the job, avoiding makeshift replacements? Do you use a stepladder to reach awkward places instead of standing on a kitchen chair?
In your car:
Do you always make sure everyone is buckled up in their safety belts and shoulder harnesses before driving away?
Do you keep your car in good mechanical repair to avoid breakdowns or accidents caused by faulty equipment?
Do you walk around your vehicle before backing up?
Do you observe all road warning signs and speed limits?
Do you remain alert and aware as you are driving?
Out for fun:
Do you wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as eye goggles, helmets, life jackets, shin-pads or gloves for your favorite sports?
Do you use the proper equipment for each sport?
Do you make sure your equipment is well-maintained and in good condition?
Do you avoid using drugs or alcohol especially when you are involved in activities which require your concentration and alertness?
Remember to practice safe habits both on and off the job. Safety awareness begins at home.