If you have ever gone through the rigors of a personal injury case, then you understand how emotionally trying the situation can be. You wonder about the safety of your loved one, and no amount of attention or legal process will help alleviate your worry. Instead of dealing with personal injuries firsthand, make it your business to prevent these injuries from ever occurring by keeping your family as safe as possible.
Removing Hazards from the Home
Believe it or not, the vast majority of injuries come from being careless in the home. Many people are actually less aware in the home than they are in public – they figure that the home is a safe place, a place they know. This is why a misplaced toy or a wet floor can actually cause more damage in a household. Take the same precautions that the public has for hazards that may affect how you need to act in the home. You do not have to put up a sign that says “wet floor,” but if you do not have a better idea, you may want to consider it even if you think it is extreme! Also, make sure that everything is organized and is always in its place in hazardous room such as the kitchen and the bathroom. Always check the floor in open spaces and never run indoors, even if you think the pathway is clear. These rules should be set in stone and never broken by anyone in the house for any reason.
Taking Safety Outside
Although it may not be cool or tough to wear a bicycle helmet, staying away from personal injury is definitely a good enough reason to be a little lame. Take your safety outside by making it fun – if you have a child who does not want to wear a helmet, buy that child a snazzy outfit that makes the helmet a fashion statement. Safety does not have to be boring! The kindergarten rules of looking both ways before crossing the street and walking with traffic on the sidewalk are not meant for children alone. They are meant to be habit forming so that as adults, the safety measures are followed automatically, without the person even thinking about it. If you find yourself rebelling against obvious safety measures just because you think you are too big for the rules, consider that children are actually more likely to survive breaking one of these rules. They are smaller, harder to hit and lower to the ground. Your bones are longer, you are not as flexible and you have a higher center of gravity. This means that you should be following the rules of safe outside behavior twice as hard!
Making Safety a Habit
The rules of safety are not meant to be a hindrance to your freedom. They are meant to enhance your freedom by allowing you to function in society as a predictable agent. Avoid personal injury and committing injury to others by following these rules! Make safety a habit that you follow, and you can focus your brainpower on more important things! Also, speak up when you see someone doing something that may be potentially dangerous to himself or to others. We all have a responsibility to avoid personal injury!
Christopher Steven is an avid blogger from Tulsa, Oklahoma who is passionate about encouraging safety for all communities while working with the Gorospe & Smith Personal Injury Lawyer Firm in his own community to educate and promote safety and accident prevention.