December 30, 2013 @ 10:01 AM

What's the one thing guaranteed to bring us health and happiness in the New Year? A safety attitude!

We know what it means to be safe. We hear the rules every day. But it's easy to become complacent when it comes to safety. Remember the time when you knew the temperature was just right for freezing, you walked carefully and next thing you know you slipped and fell but luckily you weren't hurt. While walking you might have thought you had the right attitude, "be careful, it's icy!" but you still fell down. What you really needed was a safety attitude that included wearing the right footwear or using a handrail for support (or even a friend's hand).

Starting your day with an attitude of safety helps you to think about not only yourself, but of others too. For example:

  • Maybe you were the first one at work that morning and took a few moments to throw down some ice melt from the bucket near the door (even if it isn't in your job description).
  • If you live in a climate of snow make time to brush-off your vehicle so that you can see and make sure your headlights and taillights are cleared so others can see you.
  • Ooops, did somebody spill some water or coffee on the floor? Take a moment to wipe-it-up.
  • Look down, the carpet is turned-up on one end, better fix-it before somebody trips.
  • Resolve to be more of a defensive driver. Come to a complete stop, take a moment to look before stepping on the gas, and don't run red lights.

As you can see, just having a new attitude about safety can ensure we all have a happier and healthier New Year.  Take time to be safe and think of others. In the long run, it is you who will benefit the most.