I woke up yesterday to my six-year-old saying, "Mommy!! It's December!! Yesterday, it was November, but now it's December!" Kids seem infinitely excited about the passing of seasons. Adults, though, we seem consistently surprised. How often do you hear some version of, "Can you believe it's December already?! Where did the year go?" Time just flies by, each year somehow faster than the last. So, knowing this, I'm thinking even though it's the first week of December, it's time to talk about New Year's Resolutions!
People often have fairly common resolutions:
- Lose weight
- Be more fit
- Eat better
- Quit smoking or drinking
- Spend less time on tech and more time with people
Here at Lauren's Hope, we'd like to suggest a new resolution:
Resolve to be safer.
Of course, just being safer is a pretty broad statement. So to help you out, we have our list of the ...
Top Five Ways to Live A Safer Life.
5. Create emergency plans and kits. With your family, plan out your responses to things such as medical emergencies or fires in the home, natural disasters that occur while you're at home, and natural disasters or emergencies that occur while you're all away from home. Practice your responses and discuss them periodically. Particularly if anyone in your family has health conditions, having an emergency kit with a week's worth of medications, several doses of emergency medications, a spare medical alert bracelet, batteries, bottled water, a corded phone, flashlights, a first aid kit, blankets, changes of clothes for everyone, and nonperishable food is imperative.
4. Clean your dryer's lint trap and change the smoke/CO2 detector batteries. Depending on your laundry volume, you may only need to do this once a year, but for heavier usage, you'll need to have someone come and clear out your dryer's lint trap (not just the screen you clean between dryings, but the entire pathway to the outdoors), as this single item is one of the most common causes of house fires. While you're thinking of fire safety, it's a good idea to change your smoke detector and CO2 detector batteries whenever you change your clocks. If you didn't do it last month, now's the time. Before they start beeping at 2 a.m. with low battery alerts.
3. Keep your car well maintained. It's easy to get so busy that we neglect our vehicles' needs for regular maintenance. But really, an oil change is a good time to check your tires, make sure your brakes are in good shape, and give your vehicle a solid once-over to help avoid preventable accidents.
2. Wear medical ID jewelry. We may be a tad biased, but we think wearing medical alert jewelry is extremely important for people with medical conditions and very beneficial for people without them. More and more often, we find that in addition to people with medical concerns, others are wearing medical ID jewelry such as caregivers and athletes. Having your ICE (in case of emergency) information on you at all times is an outstanding extra layer of protection (and a great excuse to buy fabulous jewelry).
1. Write it down and share it. We all forget to wear our medical ID jewelry once in a while. Or we leave our wallets somewhere. Or we keep backup information on our phones, but they're passcode locked. The best way to protect yourself is to ensure that you're not the only person who knows or has access to your emergency information. So keep an emergency file and let those closest to you know where it is. Keep one or two ICE numbers on your medical ID jewelry and more on your medical information wallet card. Create a list of all of the most important names, phone numbers, and email addresses for the people in your life, and share it with your emergency contacts so that no matter who is contacted first during an emergency, everyone you would need contacted is just another phone call away.
We want to hear your thoughts, resolutions, and goals for a safer, healthier, happier life in 2014. What will you choose to do?