We all have the habit of taking things for granted from time to time. From speaking with a friend over a wireless network to assuming that our vehicle will bring us to work, there is no doubt that technology has had a positive impact upon our lives. However, personal safety is one concern which should never be taken lightly. This is one of the main principles behind a campaign known as Safe Space. Let’s begin by taking a closer look at why such a project is important as well as how to assess your unique lifestyle.
Safe Space 101: Knowing Your Risks and Surroundings
We often think about safety only when it becomes compromised (such as if our car suddenly breaks down along a lonely stretch of motorway in the evening). However, the fact of the matter is that day-to-day activities are sometimes associated with safety concerns. One example is the levels of security within your home. Is it equipped with a robust alarm system or does a single lock stand between you and the outside environment? The same can be said about travelling to work. Do you utilise mass transit and how is your personal safety affected? Other variables might include:
- Workplace safety (such as on a construction site).
- How well your car can handle poor weather conditions.
- The levels of crime associated with where you live.
Now that we have listed a few common observations, the real question involves how you can assess the safety of these and similar situations.
Embracing a Safety Mindset
To begin assessing your safety, take a step back and try to look at things from an objective point of view. For example, would you recommend the same jogging route that you take to a friend or would you consider it to be a bit too dangerous? When working on a job site, do you adhere to all relevant regulations or do you skip a few because they take up too much time? Being honest in regards to your own actions will provide you with a clearer picture.
You should next examine what might be able to be done in order to improve safety (or at least to reduce the chances of an accident). This could be as simple as adhering to the posted speed limit or as challenging as adopting a new set of protocols on the job site. Of course, your actions will vary depending upon each situation. The main point to appreciate is that identifying risks and potential areas for improvement is the first step towards leading a safer life.
No one possesses a crystal ball and some situations are simply out of our control. This is when Slater & Gordon can help. If you are in need of a solicitor due to an accident or even a criminal act, we are only a phone call away. Safety is an important concern and it should never be taken lightly.