5 New Year’s Safety Resolutions I Promise To Keep

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I have not taken to reading one new book a month or frequenting the gym five times a week. I admit I have let many a New Year’s resolutions fail and have barely made it passed January 15th, but this year is different. This year I am making five New Year’s blog5resolutions to improve my health and safety. These are five resolutions I cannot afford to let slip. These are five important resolutions I promise to keep.

Resolution #1: I will wash my hands often.
I do not want the flu or cold this winter. I resolve to use soap and water or hand sanitizer to keep from spreading germs. Additionally, I do not plan to touch my face and will cover my mouth if I have a cough. All of these easy changes make a huge impact during flu.

blog2Resolution #2: I will create and update my home emergency preparedness kit.
Everyone has a different kit and should to fit your individual needs. At the very least, you should make sure your kit contains enough food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. Your kit should reflect your needs for example, pet food for pets and any prescription medications.

blog4Resolution #3: I will not use my cell phone or text while driving.
According to the National Safety Council, 1.6 million auto accidents occurred in the U.S. last year related to using a cell phone or texting while driving.  A trick I have learned is to keep my cell phone out of reach while driving. I store it in my purse on the passenger side floor. I have found that if it is out of sight and out of reach, I am less compelled to reach for it and more focused as a driver.

blog3Resolution #4: I will learn CPR.
If I witnessed someone having a heart attack and could not help revive them I would never forgive myself, which is why I have resolved to learn CPR because it is not unlikely that this situation could happen. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in adults. It accounts for 325,000 annual adult deaths in the United States. By learning how to effectively administer CPR my New Year’s resolution could mean the difference between life and death for someone.

blog6Resolution #5: Keep my Smart911 Safety Profile Up to date.  

Speaking of the difference between life and death, it is imperative that my Smart911 Safety Profile only contains accurate information for me and my household. In 2015, I will have moved twice and need to make sure they if I am unable to communicate my location, my profile will accurately display my correct address and other vital information about myself and my family.

If you are like me and can’t stick to a resolution, use the safety of yourself and your family as motivation to stick to your goals and make 2015 your safest and most prepared year yet.