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Make 2018 Your Safest Year Yet

With the busy lives and hectic social schedules we all lead, it can be easy to forget about the physical and mental well-being of ourselves and those around us as we go about our daily routines. When there are appointments to get to, deadlines to meet and parties to attend, potential risks are very rarely at the forefront of our minds.

However now that we’re well into the new year, we want you to ask yourself one question - how safe is my space? - to make sure 2018 is your safest year yet.

Whether you’re at home, in the office or out and about, it’s time to start taking safety more seriously. With the help of YouGov, we carried out some research into how seriously people consider safety on a daily basis and the measures they take to protect themselves and their loved ones. We surveyed 2,000 members of the British public to gain more insight into the matter and offer our tips and advice to make sure you stay safe no matter where you are or what you’re doing.

From the daily work commute to a late morning jog around the park at the weekend, it’s crucial to think about safety whilst you’re on your travels. A safety conscious 26% of those we surveyed said they always wear reflective clothing when out in public in the dark, while 20% said they often run safety checks on their vehicles before setting off on a car journey. Only 3% said they always run safety checks on their bikes but the roads can be particularly dangerous for cyclists so we’d like to see this statistic rise throughout 2018.

Prioritising your safety is equally as important when you’re at home or at work. While your home might feel like your ultimate safe space and the office might seem relatively low-risk, there is actually a whole host of potential dangers that are posed behind closed doors. Our survey revealed that 32% think about health and safety issues at home on a daily basis, with 79% ensuring they keep windows and doors locked, 62% turning electrical items off before leaving the house and 52% installing a carbon monoxide detector.

Other popular preventative measures were blowing out candles when leaving a room (50%), regularly testing smoke alarms (50%) and using security cameras or alarms (18%). Of our respondents, 60% consider a safe working environment as more important than things like good facilities, social events outside of work hours and flexible working and training opportunities. 

For more information on what our survey respondents had to say when it comes to thinking about safety on a day-to-day basis, download our eBook. If you have any of your own tips or experiences that you’d like to tell us about, come and share them with us on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t forget to tag @SlaterGordonUK and use the hashtag #MySenseOfSafe when you join the conversation online.