What can you do safer?

15864-a-teen-girl-texting-while-driving-pvWhether it’s at school, at work, at home or out with friends, we all have things that we do that aren’t as safe as they could be.

  • Maybe you have a habit of checking your text messages while you’re driving.
  • Maybe you have a tendency to try to lift/carry more than you should in one go.
  • Do you sometimes cut corners or take short cuts at work, like not properly cleaning equipment, or walking where you shouldn’t?
  • Perhaps you walk too fast and don’t take the time to look around a corner.
  • Do you sometimes neglect to wear all the personal protective equipment (PPE) that’s recommended for your job?

Whatever your bad habit is – and let’s be honest, we all have (at least) one – it’s never to late to change it. All the education and safety training in the world isn’t going to change anything if we don’t change our habits. Knowing the right way to do something is an entirely different thing than doing something the right way!

None of us are perfect and we all have little (or big!) things that we can and should work on changing that will help us stay safe. Habits take time and conscious effort to change, but we can start by picking one thing and committing to changing it. Put a conscious effort into changing that thing until eventually the good habit becomes your new normal. Then pick another thing.

  • If you find yourself looking at your phone when you shouldn’t be, keep it on silent and leave it in your purse or console where you can’t see it while you drive so you won’t be tempted to look.
  • When you need to move items, make a few more trips instead of trying to carry it all at once, and use proper lifting techniques when you’re picking things up.
  • Take the time to do each task properly.
  • Slow down and look around you.
  • Wear the recommended PPE every time.

#OneThingSafer

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Back in 2014/2015, we visited several schools across Alberta with Candace Carnahan. Candace learned the hard way how bad habits can result in life-altering injury (check out Candace’s story here). At each of these schools, after sharing her story, Candace challenged the students and teachers in her audience to do #onethingsafer. Now, we are issuing that came challenge to you.

You can share your one thing by using the hashtag #onethingsafer on Twitter or Facebook. Feel free to post right on our Facebook page or to shout us out in your Twitter post using our handle, @Safetyinschools!