Between illness, injuries, and just everyday happiness, moms already have a lot to worry about when it comes to their children. And with so many news stories about people being attacked and children being harmed, ensuring the safety of your family is even more top of mind. While it’s impossible to avoid all the dangers in the world, there are certainly some steps you can take to decrease you and your family’s vulnerability. Here are five safety tips every parent should know.
1. Get Off Your Phone
We’re all on our phones probably a little too much. While there are studies that say it’s bad for our sleep and confidence, it’s also a hazard to our safety. Why? Well, being on your phone means you are inherently distracted. You’re not paying attention to your surroundings, which is a way you can land yourself in some trouble. If you’re chatting away, you might not notice a stranger lingering or someone following you. You’re also giving off the vibe to predators that you’re an easy target because they too know you’re not looking out for them. So, when walking to places like your car or alone down a street, put the phone down and keep your head up.
2. Have A Personal Safety Product With You In Your Car
While you do everything you can to avoid getting into a dangerous situation, it’s important to have a tool to keep you and your loved ones safe, especially when it comes to car safety. There are 6 million car accidents and 38,000 carjackings in the US every year*, which is why having something like the SABRE Safe Escape 3-In-1 Automotive Tool is important to bring with you before hitting the road. It’s the only multi-functional car safety tool of its kind equipped with SABRE’s maximum strength pepper gel, a seat belt cutter, and window breaker. Pepper gel is great because it’s safer than traditional pepper spray as it has virtually no wind blowback and only affects the target while also having a 20% further range (12 ft/4 m). The seat belt cutter can help you swiftly get out of a malfunctioning seat belt while the stainless steel window breaker allows you to escape the car quickly. Bonus: all of this is on SABRE’s Snap clip, so you can easily attach it to any bag or purse.
3. Park Safely
One of the places you should be on high alert is parking lots and garages. Predators can hide in between cars and lurk in dark corners without you noticing. That’s why it’s important to take the extra time to ensure you’re finding a spot that’s as safe as possible. To do this, park as close to the entrance of your destination—this includes an elevator if in a parking garage— as possible and in a well-lit area. Ideally, you want to be able to see the entrance from your car, so when you return there is a clean line of sight. Also, when returning to your car, do a scan of which cars are parked next to you.
4. Trust Your Gut
You’ve heard the saying of “parent’s intuition.” The saying exists because it’s true. We often have a sense that something is off with our children and bodies, and the same can be said for sketchy situations. Listen to that voice inside your head. If you feel like something is off or feel uneasy around someone, trust your gut and get out. Even if it turned out to be nothing, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
5. Have A Plan
It’s hard to say how you’ll react in a particular situation especially given that adrenaline can cause us to freeze in a stressful situation. But, it’s essential to have some sort of plan in mind so when you’re in a dangerous situation, you’ll be more likely to react well. Plan to fight back verbally, use a couple of self-defense moves, and/or make use of personal safety tool to fend off the predator. Companies like SABRE offer an array of safety tools, from pepper sprays to personal alarms to stun guns. A plan can even be to have your personal safety product in hand as you walk to your car, go on a run, or are just out and about. This keeps you on high alert and has you prepared to act if needed. Even have a plan for your kids. Make sure they know how you want them to react in a situation where you’re not able to help them. That could mean they run and get help.
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*2015 US Dept of Transportation