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Staying Safe at Home and at Work

By Brandi Goodman 

June is National Safety Month, which encourages everyone to think twice about whether what they're doing is safe or not. You should always exercise caution when performing certain tasks or engaging in particular activities so you can keep yourself out of harm's way. Some tips for staying safe both at home and at work can help.

At Work - Wear the Right Shoes

When you're working, shoes matter greatly. The wrong ones can be detrimental to your safety. You need to be sure you have the correct shoes for the job. If your place of business has slippery floors, you'll need some non-slip soles. If there's a potential for heavy equipment and supplies to fall, you should wear steel-toed boots. The right shoes can go a long way toward keeping you safe so you can do your job well.

At Home - Be Prepared for Emergencies

It's common to get hurt during an emergency situation that isn't expected. Having a plan in place and preparing for unexpected occurrences can help avoid this. Set up emergency plans for every situation and make sure the entire family understands them well. You might have a to-go backpack that includes necessary supplies. Have a safe spot to go in case of a tornado. Make sure you have a first aid kit available in several locations, as well as medications of a wide variety. 

At Work - Follow All Rules and Regulations

It may seem like skipping a step and forgoing a rule that seems silly could make your job duties go faster. Perhaps doing so will work out this time, but rules and regulations are put in place for a reason. It's best to follow them to the letter and always put safety first so there aren't any mishaps. Skipping a step could lead to serious injury. 

At Home - Install Grab Bars and Other Fall Prevention Equipment

Falls are a common home safety concern, especially as we get older. Don't wait until you've already fallen once to get the right equipment installed. Do it early so you have ways to help yourself in case you start to struggle. A grab bar near the toilet and in the shower is helpful. Non-slip rugs that stick down and won't come up are also important. Make sure you open up your space and do not keep clutter in walkways. There are plenty of ways to prevent falls.

Stay safe by keeping some helpful tips in mind. Whether you're at home, at work, or elsewhere, you want to remain as safe as possible for your well-being. During National Safety Month and every month after, do what you can to keep yourself protected.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wilmington, N.C.

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