A new year means new resolutions! Popular resolutions include losing weight and budgeting money more responsibly. However, some of the most important actions that will keep you happy and healthy throughout the upcoming year involve your personal safety. Here are 10 safety resolutions for 2015 provided by ThinkFirst, a non-profit organization working to prevent brain and spinal cord injuries:
1. Always buckle up when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. According to cdc.gov, wearing a seat belt reduces serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about one-half.
2. Never drink and drive or ride with a driver who is impaired. If you plan to drink, designate a driver. Approximately 30 people die each day in the U.S. due to alcohol-impaired drivers.
3. Avoid distracted driving, which can include eating behind the wheel, reaching for something in the backseat, using a cell phone, and other various activities that take your attention off of the road.
4. Wear a helmet and make sure your children wear helmets when riding a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle. Also wear appropriate protective gear when playing a contact sport, riding a skateboard, riding a horse, skiing, snowboarding, or other activities where it might be necessary.
5. Always buckle your child into an appropriate child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt, depending on the child’s height, weight, and age.
6. Avoid falls in the home by using handrails on stairways, removing tripping hazards, using non-slip mats in the tub and shower, putting grab bars in bathrooms, and having a way to safely reach high shelves. If you have children, install window guards to keep them away from open windows and use safety gates near stairs. Maintain a regular exercise program to maintain strength, balance, and coordination, and see an eye doctor regularly for a vision check.
7. Keep firearms stored unloaded in a locked cabinet or safe, and store ammunition in a separate secured location.
8. Don’t dive into a pool unless it’s at least 9 feet deep, says the American Red Cross, and never dive into unknown waters.
9. Use headphones wisely. Don’t wear headphones while biking or running in a high traffic area or while walking alone at night. In those situations, you need to be aware of what’s going on around you.
10. Think first. Many injuries could be prevented if you make smart, conscious decisions that will keep you safe.
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