Ten Tips for Everyday Safety

CaptureSometimes we get so busy we forget to be safe during some of the easiest tasks. Completing day-to-day activities safely and being aware of our surroundings sounds like a simple way to increase safety in our daily routines, but it can be challenging. Here are ten steps to get you started in creating a safer and healthier environment.

  1. Use proper form. Try your best to remember proper physical form in your everyday routines. Keep things close to you on your desk or in the kitchen to avoid over-reaching, and always use your legs when picking up large or heavy items. (Avoid bending at the waist!)
  2. Be aware of your company safety procedures. Be proactive in knowing evacuation routes, members of the safety committee, and safety procedures at your workplace.
  3. Take regular breaks. Taking a quick break from looking at your computer screen or doing mundane tasks will help to re-energize you and keep you alert!
  4. Check your smoke alarms. Once a month, check the smoke alarms in your home to make sure they’re working and replace batteries as needed. Also, keep a fire extinguisher in a central, easy to access location, and learn how to use it.
  5. Let there be light. Proper, adequate lighting is an easy way to stay focused and clear about what you are doing. Keep hallways and outdoor areas well-lit to avoid obstacles.
  6. Maintain your vehicle. Make time for regular vehicle maintenance, such as checking your exterior lights, getting your oil changed, and checking your tire pressure. This is especially important before taking a road trip.
  7. Ventilate your space. When you’re painting or working on projects indoors that involve materials with strong odors, make sure you have proper ventilation. Open windows and doors, and get fans going to keep air circulating. Also, consider using face masks and taking regular fresh-air breaks, especially if ventilation is inadequate.
  8. Exercise regularly. Exercise routines are a good way to improve strength, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory health, which will allow you to physically function better throughout your day. Research functional exercises to learn more about keeping your body ready for anything!
  9. Be prepared. Thoughtfully determine what you may need to keep yourself healthy and safe during an outing or long day. Do you have sufficient water, clothing, or sun protection? Is your cell phone charged? Does a friend or loved one know where you will be?
  10. Take your time. Giving yourself time to prepare for your day, carefully complete a task, or focus on your routine can save you a lot of time in the long run! Build in extra time when necessary.

Visit PacificSource.com for free online tools and resources to help you better manage your health.

A Brand New CPR

We all know that CPR can save lives, but do you know how to do it properly? Our pals with the City of Eugene Fire Department are promoting a new procedure that is fast, simple, and most importantly, very effective. It’s called Act C3: (Check, Call, Compress), and it’s a hands only version of CPR. Check out this 30 second video that shows how it works:

To learn more and to see how you can get some training around Act C3 CPR, check out the City of Eugene Website. Thanks to these guys for leading the charge!

The Importance of a Cell Phone ICE

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Jenny’s favorite past-time is riding. But since it’s a dangerous sport, she makes sure her ICE listing is up to date.

When I first received an email from a friend suggesting that I add an ICE (in case of emergency) contact to my cell phone, I went straight to a search engine to see if it was a hoax. This was before cell phones were as common as watches, and I was skeptical that anyone would think to look for my cell phone if I was in an accident.

Now I’m a convert, and my ICE listing is likely more robust than most. If I’m in an accident and you check my ICE listing, you’ll find two people to contact, my insurance info, medical notes, and even information on travel assistance, if I’m far from home.

Why the change? I ride mules.

Riding is my passion. Seven years ago, after a lengthy spot of mild depression, I traded my couch for a saddle. Weekly lessons gave me reason to get out of the house. Within a year, I bought my beloved mule, Maxine. Within two years, I was filling up my walls with ribbons and photos of our adventures.

While riding has changed my life for the better, I always remember that it’s a dangerous sport. I’ve heard folks say that you have to come off three times to be a cowgirl, and I’ve earned my spurs. Maxine has plopped me in the mud when she slipped, and I once gave a bit too much oomph while hopping on a mule before a show and ended up hanging off the other side of the saddle.

Unfortunately, not all accidents are quite so… humorous. So now, I never ride without my driver’s license, my insurance card, and my cell phone with ICE info in the contacts. I also make a point to tell those I’m with where they’ll find the information.

ICESo, what should you have in your ICE entry? Instead of including one contact, it’s a good idea to add the following information to the notes section:

  1. Emergency Contacts: Husband, Parents, and their contact information
  2. Insurance carrier: Name of carrier, Group #, Member ID
  3. Emergency travel benefit: Phone numbers, General description of benefit.
  4. Medical Notes: Wears contacts, No known drug allergies

Even if you play it safe, it’s still a great idea to keep an ICE entry in your cell phone’s contact list. Because let’s face it, you just never know.