Safety Newsletter – December 2022
Increase Your Safety Through Situational Awareness
Situational awareness is the act of paying attention to what is currently going on around you, understanding how it affects you, and using that information to make decisions and act if needed.
Not being aware of your surroundings, increases your chances of being a victim of an accident or injury. You are more likely to stray into a dangerous situation and a distraction could result in your reaction time being delayed.
Choosing to be aware
- Know what is going on around you. Who is working around you and what vehicles are moving around you? Take note of the noises around you. Are any noises unfamiliar or louder than usual? Do you hear screeching tires or construction work going on?
- When driving, always pay attention to where you are going, but also scan the area to see what other drivers and pedestrians are doing along the roadway. Weather conditions, road construction, pedestrians, other vehicles and other circumstances may change unexpectedly and unintentionally.
- Before you get out of your vehicle, look around and especially down. Look to see if there is anything on the ground. This could stop you from stepping in a puddle, mud, on ice, or even just a piece of gum. Either way they can all ruin your day.
- Do not get overly involved in your cellphone while in public. You could walk right into a situation that you should not be in, just because you were not paying attention. When you are staring at your screen, you have no idea what is going on around you.
- Pay attention to where you are walking as there could be loose gravel, debris on the sidewalk/road, slippery condition, or other dangerous conditions that could cause harm to you, if you are not paying attention.
- Know where you are and know where the exits are. The more prepared you are, the better chance you have of getting to where you need to go.
- If you feel uncomfortable, be mindful of that feeling and put more attention into your surroundings.
Maintaining your situational awareness is an active process and is the first step to preventing serious injuries and accidents