As months pass by, while journeying through the –ember months until finally reaching the last month of the year can be an exciting experience and tempting period for many regardless of their background.
Particularly, at the end of the year do many look forward to the holidays, festive seasons, time off from their secular work and seeing their family and loved once again.
At the same time, the end of the year is a period that tests our patience, wisdom, and the limit of our indulgence where ever we are, wherever we go and whatever we do.
The choices we make have a bearing with our personal safety. Personal safety can easily slip off in our list of priorities when carried away by the excitements and anxious care that become more intense at the end of the year. No wonder it is common to hear of reported cases of tragedies that abound within this period than any other time of the year.
With all the excitement, drama, hustling and bustling that comes during the end of the year, how could one ensure personal safety? Read below few basic tips that can help you keep safe.
1. Keep close to trusted friends and family
It is normal to catch fun with friends and family on recreational activities
in public places. However, it is the wise course to always let your loved ones, guardians or family know where you are or where you go for any possible emergency and security situation that may arise.
When going to public or private event, ensure to go as a group, move around as a group, and leave as a group but never go alone especially in crowded and lonely areas.
Additionally, having your phone battery charged at all times helps make sure that you are always reachable by your family and loved ones.
2. Increase awareness to injury prevention
As the end of the year draw closer, work places become burdened with heavy workloads and tight schedules while preparing for shut-down during the long festive season. This can be tempting for most managers and employers who work hard to beat close-up deadlines.
Taking shortcuts and dismissing safety protocols may be seen as solution to speed up operations; thus, resulting in low concentration level and fatigue among employers which cause work place injury.
As Workcover Queensland suggest, it is necessary for employers to increase safety measures by introducing a stretching program to minimise stress and physical strains, raise awareness through safety talks with employees regarding additional work pressures at the end of the year and the importance of safe work practices, use posters at work place to promote the importance of Zero harm at both work place and at home.
3. Be wary of strangers
it is common to stumble by strangers in parties, public transport, when walking home etc. Though you may not be in the custom of initiating contact with one, in most cases or from the stand point of a woman, you would always have strangers walking up to you.
Remember not to throw all caution to the wind even if the stranger may seem so nice to melt your heart. What safety tip should you have in mind? Don’t accept lifts from strangers. Above all, do not divulge personal information about yourself to persons you do not know even on social media.
4. Drink and eat with care
‘No wine, no merry.’ Yes, drinking alcohol beverages is pleasurable activity for during the holiday season. If caught up with the spirit to drink more because every other person is doing so, remember: Wisdom bears in mind the effect of alcoholic beverages in lowering a person’s mental alertness and coordination, thereby going further to threaten one’s safety. Therefore, always ensure to eat sufficient food if you must have an alcohol.
This is because food reduces the amount of alcohol absorbed into the blood stream, thereby, lessening the effects of intoxication. Setting your own limit on the level of consumption of alcohol helps to minimize the pressure to engage in alcohol drinking competition. Additionally, it is not usually wise to leave your drink and food out of sight so nothing is added to them without your consent.
5. Relax body and mind
End of the year holidays offer the opportunity to relax mind and body after the long months of hard work. However, the end of the year can bring increased stress due to financial pressures and extra commitments. Without giving thought, one could have his or her schedule choked up, leaving less room for rest and sleep before secular activities resumes the following year.
Keeping a simple schedule of personal time for relaxation, regular exercising, and meditation while spending time with family does a whole good to your health, mind and spirit. It can give you the opportunity to re-arrange your priorities, learn from previous mistakes and set new goals to prepare you for the challenges and surprises of the succeeding year.
6. Shop wisely
Shops get busier and crowded during the end of the year. It is also an opportunity for pick pockets, bag snatchers, schemers, and so forth to target heavy shoppers with several bags of items. In order not to be a target, carrying few concealed bags at a time, leaving the other hand free is usually safer.
Again, you may consider avoid taking children to crowded market places and shopping malls. If you must, always ensure to educate them on what to do if they go missing.
7. Avoid crowded areas
Undeniably, the world has become a much more dangerous place than in previous years. Opportunists have become more emboldened in endangering the lives of many without a sense of remorse. Crowded areas such as public squares, shopping malls, big plazas, heavy traffics become high risk zones.
True avoiding crowds can sometimes be unavoidable; still, it is possible to do everything in our power to avoid them especially during the long festive seasons.
You can plan your outing by thinking ahead of alternate routes, appropriate time periods, and other strategies to avoid areas where security surveillance is difficult to handle.
And if you are inevitably part of an event where crowd is anticipated, be sure to be knowledgeable of emergency exits or routes in case of possible fire outbreak. Also, stay alert of strange activities within the environment.
8. Plan your travel
Both air and road traffic gets busier during the end of the year. Certainly, the mode of transport that would be safer and convenient for you would be of concern having in mind that each region has its own peculiarities.
For example, in some parts of the country, some roads are accident prone and targets for robbery during the end of the year. At times too, the weather may be unfavourable for flights.
Scheduling your travel earlier than the eve of the festive seasons can help you avoid dilemmas and disappointments associated with the ‘rush’ season. Again, you would also have to decide on a suitable transport service. Choosing a transport service that takes safety very seriously should be of importance.
9. Drive safely
The last few months of the year, most especially December are the periods of the year with highest incidents of road accidents than any other period of the year.
Drunk driving is usually the major cause in addition to impatience, poor road condition, and increased traffic on narrow two-way roads. For this reason, it becomes pertinent that safety cautions in driving be applied even in seemingly less significant situations. Basic tips which often help include:
- avoid driving under the influence of alcohol
- avoid speeding above the recommended limit
- always wear seatbelts even as a back-seat passenger
- ensure proper vehicle maintenance and check before use etc.
10. Do not have conversations with “wrong number” callers.
Never give any information about yourself to someone who reaches you at a “wrong number;” callers might not have actually dialed you by accident – they may be criminals seeking information in an attempt to target you for identity theft or worse.
Accidents are better avoided when Safety is taken as priority. Better to say ‘thank God’ than ‘had I known.’ Applying the above safety tips highlighted above can help to keep you safe from running into unwanted scenarios and more over enjoy the end of the year holidays as you set to face the next year.
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