- Posted by Amy Dickson
- On January 19, 2016
- 0 Comments
- Personal Safety, Safety while running
Christmas is well and truly over and the New Year’s resolutions have kicked in.
“I must get to work thirty minutes before you start, I will spend more time with family and friends, I will travel to see the world, I will stop procrastinating, eat healthier and get fit this year.”
As we all know New Year’s resolutions can sometimes be difficult to stick to but one thing we are sure of is that safety is paramount when it comes to adhering to our resolutions.
With our 15 years’ experience in helping people and properties remain safe and secure we have compiled a list of our top safety tips to help you to remain safe while running or walking outside to achieve that ‘beach body’ you have desired.
Safety in numbers – This is not just a saying, many people exercise alone but if you can recruit a running or walking buddy, you will not only manage to motivate each other but it may be a safer approach to new runners/walkers. Dogs can also be perfect running/walking partners.
Be visible at all times – Don’t assume a driver sees you. In fact, imagine that a driver can’t see you, and behave accordingly. Do not wear dark workout clothes, make sure you are illuminated in some way, a headlamp, handheld light or high-visibility; bright clothes make a huge difference when drivers are struggling to see you.
Make sure someone knows where you are – Tell a loved one or a friend or leave a note at home about where you plan to go and how long you plan to be out. This way your loved one will know where to find you if needed.
Carry identification at all times – This may sound strange but always carry appropriate ID when running or walking outside, a mobile phone with an emergency contact taped to its back may also be useful. It may also be worthwhile carrying a note with you if you have serious allergies i.e. allergies to medication such as penicillin etc.
If you have one, used it – Many individuals are given access to a lone worker device from their employer to be used when they are working alone. If you are one of these employees why not ask your employer’s permission to utilise the solution when you are running or walking alone. Most lone worker devices or apps will give you access to a discreet panic button which can be pressed during an emergency situation. Mercury Security & Facilities Management’s lone worker solution will alert operatives in our accredited, local Command and Control Monitoring Centre who will react immediately to your emergency situation. Our fully accredited Command and Control Monitoring Centre complies with the requirements of the Association of Chief Police (ACPO) which can encourage faster response times from the Police and other Blue Light services.
Stick to the roads you know – By staying close to your area and the roads you know, you will tend to be surrounded by neighbours or businesses that you are familiar with. Within these homes or businesses there will be people who can come to your aid if needed. You also have of a less chance of getting lost if you are familiar with the area you are running or walking in.
Face the traffic – It’s easier for you to see, and react to, oncoming cars. Drivers also tend to see you more clearly also.
Listen up – Avoid wearing headphones, this may hinder your ability to hear approaching vehicles. If you do use headphones, try to keep the volume low and use in just one ear.
Play by the rules – Pay attention to road signals, even if you want to continue to run to keep your flow, run on the spot at traffic lights until you are sure you have been given the green light to pass.
Change your routine – If you are a regular runner/walker it is easy to stay with the same routine, this however can be dangerous. You do not need to change your location but can change your routine by leaving at different times each day, changing your starting and end points or changing the direction you are running/walking in.
Trust your intuition – If something tells you a situation is not right, it usually isn’t. Avoid a situation or person if your intuition is telling you to.
Contact us today for further information on how to protect your personal safety.