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Walking Safely

Try these tips to make your walking routine safe.

Face the traffic
If there isn’t a sidewalk or walking path, always walk facing oncoming traffic.

Keep right
If you are walking on a pedestrian path, walk on the right side so that others on bikes or inline skates can pass on the left.

Carry an ID and cell phone
This is important in case of an accident or medical emergency.

Drink plenty of water
Before you go out, drink plenty of water—you may end up walking longer than you anticipated. If it is hot, plan a route that takes you by a drinking fountain.

Stay visible
Try to walk during the day when visibility is at its best. If you choose to walk when it’s dark, use well-lighted areas and wear a reflective safety vest or reflective strips.

Be aware of your surroundings
If you use headphones, be sure you can hear what is going on around you.

Protect yourself from the sun
Don’t get burned. Wear a hat, sunglasses, and/or sunscreen.

Last updated: 3/15/2013 4:45 AM