Health & Environment

North End Waterfront Health Observes Patient Safety Week

In light of this week being Patient Safety Awareness Week, North End Waterfront Health would like to remind the community of a few tips that will keep us all safer.

  • When leaving home, be sure that all windows and doors are locked.
  • Walk purposefully, head up and eyes forward.
  • If you are being followed, turn and walk in the opposite direction. Go to a well lit, populated area.
  • If someone or something makes you uneasy, trust your instincts and leave the area.
  • When outside, never walk alone at night.
  • Walk in well lighted and traveled streets. Avoid dark areas.
  • Consider carrying a whistle to use in case of an emergency.
  • Keys can be used for protection.
  • Keep cell phone on and handy.
  • Carry purse close to your body; not by the straps.
  • Keep your wallet inside your coat or in front pants pocket.
  • When taking public transportation, sit near the driver or the door.
  • When waiting for the bus or train, stand near other people in a well-lit area.
  • Have your money or pass ready. Don’t open purse or wallet on the bus or train.
  • When driving your car, keep doors and windows locked.
  • Park near the entrance.
  • Report crimes or suspicious activity to police.
  • When returning home, have keys ready to open your door.

by Mary Wright, health educator at North End Waterfront Health