Goals and visions provide us with direction on which we dedicate our time and resources. Not many people consider safety as part of their new year resolutions. We are surrounded by many risks which are likely to affect our health. These include health hazards and security risks. Our safety should always come as a priority whenever we think of new year resolutions.
How Do You Go About Coming up With Safety Goals?
Your safety goals should be oriented to your experiences and future plans. You need to go through your past safety gaps and analyse areas you feel need to be worked on.
The safety goals you wish to achieve over the new year should be based on the commonly known ideology SMART:
- Specific: For you to make your goals well focused you need to define what you really want to achieve. It is also crucial to establish the persons involved along with the location and type/amount of resources you need to dedicate towards achieving your goals.
- Measurable: As you set your goals always define a way of establishing your progress from time to time. It is helpful to come up with deadlines for achieving different levels of your goals. If they are annual goals, your could evaluate them monthly or quarterly to monitor your progress. The little achievements and meeting of the stated deadlines will motivate you to keep going.
- Achievable: The goals you set should be within your ability while at the same time stretching your limits. If you identify the goal as being important, you will need to establish the amount of resources you already have at your disposal and where you can cut on to pull more resources towards reaching your targets. For your goals to be achievable, you will need to ascertain if they are realistic based on your abilities and the accessibility of the resources necessary. Don’t ever make goals that are under the control of another person as they will not be achievable.
- Relevant: The goals you set should be important to you and have a positive impact on your life. As you set your goals always look at areas that contribute to your personal growth or help in the achievement of other goals. Always own your goals and avoid placing the responsibility on others.
- Time bound: Goals need to be governed by time deadlines. It is helpful to have small timelines for achieving simple targets. Setting smaller achievable targets of the big goals will create excitement towards achieving more. It also helps in the prevention of procrastination. Everyday tasks have way of getting in the way and interrupting long term goals. With daily targets you always set aside time specifically for that.
Different safety goals that could be part of your new year resolutions
- Learn First Aid : First aid is a critical course as it offers skills in the management of different types of emergencies. Whenever someone is hurt or injured, you need to know how to offer them medical assistance before emergency response arrive. Here are some if the reasons why you should learn first aid:
- First aid course enables you to handle both minor and major injuries out of the hospital. After first aid, some minor injuries don’t require further medical care.
- Anyone can learn first aid. The procedures involved in offering first aid are quite simple and persons with limited educational background can follow and save lives.
- Another reason why you should learn first aid is that it relieves pain and suffering. First aid procedures are structured to help the victim feel better and fasten the healing process. Some injuries and accidents are quite painful such as burns and fractures. The quality of first aid offered to a victim with burns determines the speed at which the victim heals and also the extent of scarring.
- First aid course offers the individual the skills and techniques of handling different emergencies including burns, bleeding, cuts, fractures, broken bones, sprains, insect and animal bites and heat related illnesses among others.
- First aid training offers the confidence to attend to victims in life threatening emergencies. Whenever someone is injured like in car accidents, bystanders are afraid of taking action in fear of causing further injuries.
- First aid trained persons have skills on self protection when dealing with emergencies. When offering first aid to victims it is important to avoid getting into contact with blood, body fluids and other secretions that place you at a risk of cross infection. With first aid skills, the individual is equipped with skills on how to use personal protective equipment effectively. An example is how to give mouth to mouth ventilation without exposing yourself to the risk of contracting tuberculosis.
- Learn CPR and AED: CPR and AED training are among the most important skills. They are used on victims of cardiac arrest to revive their normal heart functions. The cases of arrest in our society on the rise with only 12% survival rate. The survival of these victims is dependent on how fast they receive CPR. Here are some reasons why you should learn AED and CPR:
- CPR helps in saving lives. Whenever an individual undergoes cardiac arrest it is only through CPR and application of AED that they can be saved.
- It feels good knowing that you could be someone’s hero. The victim whose life your save and their family will forever feel indebted to you.
- The quality of CPR given to a cardiac arrest victim is critical in their survival. CPR trained persons have the capacity to provide high quality chest compressions.
- The operation of AED requires training. The device is useful as it analyzes the victims heart to determine if it can be reversed through shock and advises accordingly. It is only through this shock that the heart of a cardiac arrest victim can regain it’s normal state.
- Finally you never know on whom you will use your CPR skills. Most cardiac arrests cases occur at home. The chances of emergency response arriving in time to save your loved are very low.
- Reduce the risk for injuries: The number of injuries that could occur at home is extensive. You should endure your home is safe against risks of injuries such as falls, cuts and fire. Here are some precautions you should have in mind when working on injury reduction at your home:
- Work on slippery and uneven floors and pavements
Store sharp items and iron boxes safely and far from children’s reach.
- Clean spills immediately and take caution on where you place hot liquids.
- Secure rags which often cause you to slip with non slid pads. Alternatively replace them with slip resistant backing.
- Place grab bars in the shower to prevent common falls in the bathroom. Check your hot water system and ensure it is safe for children and the elderly in your home.
- Always keep electrical appliances safe from possible contact with water.
- Make your staircase safe by using secure carpets, removing rags from the top and bottom of stairs and securing full length handrails.
- Organize your home and create enough space for traffic, and remove items that might cause people to trip while walking around the house.
- Work on slippery and uneven floors and pavements
- Have a first aid kit: Every home should have an easily accessible and useful first aid kit. If you are thinking of safety over the new year, first aid kit should come as a priority. You also need to check it frequently and replace any missing and expired items including medicines. Place your first aid where everyone in the home can easily locate it.
- Enhance children safety: The best way to keep your children safe at home is to keep the home environment safe. It is also also critical to train them on safety precautions. Some helpful safety tips for children at home include: Some helpful safety tips for children at home include:
- Never to open the door to strangers.
- When and how to call emergency numbers (911).
- Memorize their home address and phone number.
- To avoid putting up personal information online.
- Not to allow anyone to touch them.
- Never to trust strangers.
- Up your home security system: Effective home security system is very critical. Here are some tips to make your home burglary proof:
- Avoid doors that have glass near the handle.
- Secure the first floor windows and other entry points.
- Have the police check your home for possible break in points.
- Avoid placing a security key at obvious places.
- Keep valuable items in your home out of sight.
- Use motion activated lights.
- Fire prevention measures: When a house catches fire, you should vacate everyone within two minutes. The following measures will protect you from possible fire outbreaks at your home:
- Make sure all the fire alarms are functional by checking them frequently and replacing batteries.
- Train your children how to sense smoke and how to dial 911.
Ensure safety by finding ways to escape from each room incase of fire.
- Practice fire escape at least annually to ensure your safety plan works.
- Make sure that your family know how to act when they are on fire- they should drop and roll on the ground.
Prevention is better than cure. Most home emergencies can be avoided. It is best to ensure your loved ones safety at home by putting in place the necessary safety precautions. However much we prevent the occurrence of emergencies, they are at times inevitable. For this reason, you should learn CPR AED and first aid.
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