Thirteen safety resolutions for 2013!

Put safety first this year with these practical resolutions! 


1) I will not drive impaired.

  • Impairment has many causes – alcohol, drugs, fatigue, texting and emotional stress are just a few. Be responsible. Drive aware and drive sober.


2) I will be a responsible, courteous cyber citizen.

  • Social media and online safety includes guarding your personal information and being thoughtful about the words and images your post online.


3) I will not be a bully.

  • Bullying happens at home, in the school yard, at work and online. It hurts, and it needs to stop. Find ways to relax, take time to think before responding and find constructive, creative outlets for frustration. Stand up for others who are being bullied.


4) I will drive safely and defensively.

  • Every year, hundreds of Canadians are killed and thousands are injured in motor vehicle accidents. Stay safe. Respect the speed limit, change lanes safely and give yourself extra time to get to your destination.


5) I will wear a life-jacket when I am in, on or near water.

  • In a boat? Weak swimmer? Wear a life jacket!


6) I will be a safe pedestrian; safety is my responsibility too!

  • Be predictable. Do not jaywalk. Make yourself visible to drivers by wearing coloured clothing and/or reflective material.  


7) I will wear a helmet.

  • Use your head and stay safe! Wear a helmet when enjoying activities such as hockey, skating, cycling, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding or motorcycling. Pair each activity with the right helmet.


8) I will take the right training.

  • Safety training and on-the-job instruction saves lives. Learn how to protect yourself. Visit www. for a complete list of CSC courses.


9) I will install and regularly maintain smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in my house.

  • Once a month, check that your smoke detectors are working. Change the batteries every six months.  Have carbon monoxide detectors in the sleeping areas of your home.


10) I will keep a complete list of my medications.

  • Stay organized. Talk to your pharmacist about the prescription, over-the-counter and herbal medications you are taking.


11) I will address safety hazards at home.

  • No hand-railing along the stairs? Clutter creating a tripping hazard or blocking exits? Recognize problem areas and fix them! Safety isn’t just an on-the-job thing.


12) I will protect myself from the elements.

  • Seek shade and stay hydrated in the summer. Dress in warm layers and waterproof boots in the winter!


13) I will lead by example.

  • Consistently make safety a priority and become a role model for your children, friends and people in your community. 


For more information, please contact:

Catherine Benesch

Communications/Media Program Coordinator, Canada Safety Council

(613) 739-1535 (ext. 228)