5 Health & Safety resolutions for the New Year
The year is drawing to a close, and many people are already taking part in the indulgence that the festive period allows for. It’s the last opportunity of the year to kick-back and enjoy all the delicious food and drink you can. The clean slate of the New Year is of course, just around the corner, which means it’s time for the traditional New Year’s resolution.
New Year’s resolutions take form in a variety of promises to oneself. Eating less chocolate, drinking less alcohol and starting a fresh gym plan probably sound familiar to everyone reading! These are all good resolutions to make, but quite well-travelled by now. In the interest of something a bit different, we thought we’d help you along the way with 5 health and safety themed suggestions for your New Year’s resolution.
Keep a stocked first aid kit
A well-stocked and maintained first aid kit is a must-have for any home, school, or workplace. Any good kit will provide the equipment required to deal with everyday cuts and scrapes, burns, and even breaks. It’s an easy thing to overlook at home, but once you’ve had to use part of your kit once, you’ll never want to be without one.
Take a first aid course
Whether you need a refresher course, or are learning the skills for the first time, being able to give emergency first aid treatment can quite literally be a life saver! Whilst being one of those skills you hope to never have to use, being able to confidently and effectively assist someone in need of medical treatment is invaluable. If you’d like to make this resolution, you can book a first aid course for your workplace with The Training Co.
Test and maintain your fire alarms
A little more mundane than our first two resolutions, but nevertheless an important one! It’s recommended that household fire alarms are tested every time the clocks change, and that the sensors should be cleaned of any dust that has accumulated over time. Depending on the type of alarm you have fitted, the battery should be changed once a year, and every ten years the alarm should be entirely replaced.
Clear away clutter
Trips and falls make up a staggering 43% of workplace injuries, and are a common cause of injuries at home. The good news is that helping to prevent these types of accidents is easy! Clear any clutter from the walkways and rooms of your home or office, and make sure any fixtures don’t prevent a tripping hazard. A stray cable, an upturned corner of a rug, or even a shoe left in the middle of a corridor can cause a nasty injury.
Organise those cables
Whilst on the subject of stray cables, why not resolve to give them a good tidy? The television area is usually the home’s worst offender when it comes to messy cables, with games consoles, DVD or Blu-ray players and the T.V itself all vying for a place in the power outlet. Making sure the cables are free of tangles and able to run unhindered will help to prevent an electrical fire from breaking out in areas of high power-usage. A damaged or stressed cable is dangerous, it’s important to keep them well looked-after.
We hope we’ve given you a something extra to think about when resolving to make changes for the New Year, and we’d advocate making these positive changes whenever you are able! In any case, we’d like to wish you a happy New Year.
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