Besides keeping an extra shirt in your car if you spill a cup of coffee, you’re probably not ready for a disaster or accident (and if you are, you get a huge gold star and an A+ in my book).

June marks the beginning of summer to some, but it also is the month in which we recognize national safety. Since natural disasters, man-made disasters, and personal injuries can happen any day at any time, following these easy, but effective tips can help give you the leg-up on safety.

  1. Know important contact numbers
    • Memorize or have them written down.
  2. Make copies of all important documents
    • Storing important documents in a safety deposit box or creating digital copies can be helpful should the originals be abandoned or destroyed.
  3. Learn CPR
    • Fun fact: Providing CPR within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest can increase the chances of survival by up to 300%!
  4. Identify threats or hazards at frequently visited locations
    • Scary-tall bookshelf at your house? It may be a good idea to stay away during an earthquake.
  5. Keep a battery-powered radio at your home
    • #throwback
  6. Know how to make a call to 911
  7. Double check your smoke detector batteries
    • Yes, the annoying beep means the battery is low. Change it!
  8. Review disaster drills in your area
  9. Buy a fire extinguisher
  10. Know how to use a fire extinguisher
  11. Put your phone away when crossing the street
    • Unless it’s a call to 911 it can wait, I promise.
  12. Use the handrail when going up or down stairs
  13. Store enough non-perishable food and water for 3 days at your house
    • Make sure there is enough for all residents at your crib.
  14. Identify all easily accessible exits at your location, wherever it may be
  15. Learn first-aid
    • Being informed on how to treat everyday injuries can give you the confidence to respond quickly to more serious injuries.
  16. See a spill on the floor? Clean it up or notify someone who can
  17. Be informed on how to turn off utilities
    • It may help prevent electric fires and gas leaks.
  18. Don’t use an improvised ladder
    • Use a step stool or a real ladder for its designated use.
  19. Have a communication plan
    • Phone lines and internet access can be affected by a natural disaster, so have a plan to connect yourself with your loved ones.
  20. Keep your car key fob next to your bed
    • The panic button can act as a great alarm should you need it.
  21. Speaking of keys, keep them in your hand when walking to your car alone
    • Bonus tip: putting the keys between your knuckles can act as a makeshift weapon.
  22. Always lock your car
  23. Have a first aid kit in your car
    • It may come in handy more often than you think!
  24. Lock up your house anytime you leave
    • Even if you’ll be gardening outside, your home is left vulnerable when doors and windows remain unlocked.  
  25. If you don’t feel confident you can drive safely, don’t do it
    • Especially after drinking, taking sleep-inducing prescription medication, a terrible night of sleep, or a combo of all three.
  26. Clearly mark your street number on your home
    • Should there be an emergency, your home will be easier to find. Mailbox, fence, gates, or a wall are all great places to mark your number.
  27. Report suspicious activity
    • If you see something, say something!
  28. Always check a peephole or through the window when someone knocks on the door
  29. If you don’t feel safe opening the door, don’t
    • Always ask who it is if you don’t have a peephole!
  30. Double check your window and door locks to ensure they function properly
  31. Store all medications in a safe place
    • Particularly away from children and visitors!
  32. Find a better hiding spot for your key
    • As much as I hate to admit this, hiding the key under the mat or in the planter isn’t recommended.
  33. Don’t advertise if you’re out of town
    • Social media could lead other to know where and when you are out of your home for extended periods of time.
  34. Close your blinds when you leave the house
  35. Store important documents safely
    • Ensure they are stored in a safe, but easily accessible area should you need them in an instant.
  36. Install carbon monoxide detectors near or in bedrooms
  37. Consider leaving a TV or radio on when leaving your house
    • This can act as a deterrent for burglars.
  38. Add non-slip stickers to mats and rugs on slippery surfaces
  39. Get rid of your mail slot
    • Mail slots can weaken the integrity of a door, making it more prone to being compromised. Opt for a mailbox instead.
  40. If you’re meeting someone new, always meet in a public place
    • Whether a Craigslist meetup, first Tinder date, or whatever the hip kids are doing these days, do not let a stranger know where you live.
  41. Do not sit in your car and text at night
    • The text can wait; get in the car, lock the doors, buckle up, and hit the road.
  42. Take a self-defense class
  43. If you feel overly emotional, take some time to recollect before getting behind the wheel
    • A bad day at work, a fight with a loved one, or running late for something important can spark road rage, tears, or another unfavorable emotion that can compromise your focus.
  44. Take out your headphones when walking at night
    • Inhibiting one of your senses makes you more vulnerable should a situation arise.
  45. Use your voice
    • If you feel threatened, don’t be afraid to confront the situation, yell, scream, or ask for help. Hesitating to do so may spare you the embarrassment should it be a false alarm, but could cost you your safety.
  46. Learn how to use your gun or weapon in your home
    • If you have a gun or are planning on purchasing one, learn how to use it effectively by taking classes, practicing, knowing the ins and out of its care, and proper storing protocol.
  47. Trust your instincts
    • If you get a weird vibe, trust it. Take immediate actions to protect yourself.

Using the 47 tips listed above may not be a definitive list to keep you safe from harm, but it will help aid in your preparation and confidence should you encounter a threatening or hazardous situation. Remember to have fun this month, trust your instincts, and stay safe!