Your safety should always be a top priority, no matter where you are or how old you are. Don’t fall into the trap of “It won’t happen to me”. As children we were taught about “stranger danger” and didn’t have to worry about much else because we had the protection of our parents. As we grow up, we have to be responsible for our own safety! This is especially important in the winter months when it’s likely to be dark when you leave your house in the morning and dark again by the time you get home at night (if you’re in the northern hemisphere, of course).
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Wear a light colored (ex. white) coat so drivers can see you. Be observant – watch where you’re walking instead of texting or talking on the phone.
- Don’t walk with headphones in your ears, even if the music is low
- Avoid walking in dimly lit areas
- Walk on main roads instead of side streets
- Walk with someone else whenever possible
- Always tell someone where you’re going and when you plan on being home
Check out these pages for additional tips: