At the start of every new year, we often make all sorts of resolutions to help us create a plan for self-improvement and growth. This year consider including improvements to your personal safety as a part of your new year resolutions. With a few small changes to your routine, you can make this your safest, smartest year yet.
- Develop a Plan to Decrease Distracted Driving
Modern technology offers many tools to help reduce distracted driving, especially regarding cell phone use. Most cell phones nowadays have some sort of “do not disturb” mode that can easily be toggled on and off. Consider switching to “do not disturb” when driving. Additionally, there are now plenty of ways to utilize voice commands to do everything from sending and receiving text messages to calculating your route. Familiarize yourself with these options to become safer on the road.
- Review Company Policies on Health and Safety
Most employers have some sort of policies in place to protect the health of their employees. Reading over these policies is a great way to become a better advocate for your safety this year. This knowledge can then be applied to challenge unsafe practices that don’t adhere to the written policies or help develop better policies in the future.
- Follow Safety Instructions at Home
There are plenty of dangerous devices we keep for personal use. Even something as simple as a curling iron comes with strict instructions to prevent you from becoming injured. You might sometimes be tempted to cut corners, especially if you’ve done so before, but doing so could put you or someone you love at serious risk of sustaining an injury.
Prioritizing these three resolutions can go a long way towards ensuring that you are safer in the new year. Ultimately there are some things that are outside of your control. You could be hit by another vehicle, suffer a workplace injury due to insufficient regulations, or become hurt by a defective product with no safety instructions. However, when such things happen, you can rely on the experienced, knowledgeable attorneys at Shlesinger & deVilleneuve. They can ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. In the process, you help make Oregon a safer place. For more information on what Shlesinger & deVilleneuve can do for you, contact us today!