Personal Safety outside and on the net
Do you think about your personal safety when you post to a forum - with regard to activities outside and on the web? IDEAS TO CONSIDER...
Personal safety beyond the web and into the world
Whether you are male or female the wonderful world of the web can bring about a number of issues to consider in relation to your personal life.
There are so many points to consider and it is a vast topic - a lot of it common sense. But in this modern world where info about us is so accessible we need to think outside the box before we post something?
Tips for feeling safer when you are exercising alone
Here are some tips to consider for your personal safety on and off the web:
- forum/twitter/facebook posts - don't make them too specific about what you do or plan to do, especially if you are alone
- as the mornings/evenings are darker - select a more road based run/walk/activity area with plenty of street lighting.
- don't be a creature of habit - ie vary your routes when you run or walk; don't always appear in the same location at the same time etc, as it can be local nutters that work out your routines
- let someone know where you are going and how long you intend to be
-carry your mobile phone - make the first number at the top your emergency contact-so prefix A-MUM or similar, so you don't have to scroll down
REMEMBER SOME MOBILES DON'T DIAL 999, you may need 112
-join a local run/walk/cycle/ramblers club - you will be with like minded and similar ability and never need to be alone
Kit to consider
- cramtags - these are available in various forms - created by Steve Cram after his brother died whilst out jogging alone, it took 48hours to ID him and had he had some id on him, perhaps things may have been a bit different? http://www.cramalert.co.uk/products/wristband
-wear bright visible clothing - white on top at least - preferably a flourescent vest and plenty of reflectors on them too - cheap ones are available that do the job. Flouro gloves are very in now too!
- wear a head torch - you may 'feel' daft but it gives you freedom to have both your hands free at the same time.
But be safe xx