We are very fortunate to live in one of the safest cities in all of Canada. Even though we’re able to enjoy such relative safety in this great city, it still makes sense to have a safety plan when you venture out into the community.
Whenever you decide to head out of your home, it’s always a good idea to let at least one other person know where you’re going and what time you can be expected back. In situations where you aren’t able to tell someone personally where you’re going, why not send a text, email or leave a good old fashioned note on the kitchen table?
If you happen to own a mobile phone, I highly recommend that you take it with you, of course assuring that it has plenty of battery life left. One never knows when they could be in need of assistance, be it as a result of a broken down car, a traffic collision, a medical emergency or even getting lost.
If you’re going for a walk in the community, see if you can find a partner to walk with and again, don’t forget your mobile phone. When walking, make sure you know where you’re going and that you pay attention to the environment and the people around you, especially if you decide to walk off the beaten path. If you like to listen to music when walking and place ear buds in your ears, consider leaving the music low enough so you can hear what’s going on around you, or consider having only one ear bud inserted.
If you do decide to go for a walk after dusk, there are some safety precautions you should consider. Wear light coloured clothing that has reflective qualities, so that the headlights of cars will light you up when they come upon you. Bring a flash light with you and consider placing a red flashing ‘cyclists’ or ‘joggers’ battery operated red flashing light on the rear of your clothing.