Sunday, July 1, 2012

Spring is Here! Walk the Safe Walk - 6 Tips

With nice weather we tend to spend more time walking and running in our neighbourhoods, near our workplaces, or anywhere our whims happen to lead us.  We encourage you to enjoy and to be safe.  

Here are 6 tips for pedestrian safety. 

  • Walk in the middle of the sidewalk to help prevent being grabbed by someone concealed around corners, in doorways, bushes etc....
  • Keep your hands as free as possible (e.g out of pockets)
  • Try to vary the times and routes of your walks and/or runs. 
  • Walk facing traffic.  It is easier to see potential stalkers and to escape drivers who must turn their vehicle around to follow. 
  • IPods hinders your ability to hear warning signs and is a common temptation for muggers.
  • Avoid unsafe shortcuts such as unlit parking lots and parks.
It is important to learn how to defend yourself while you are in motion.  Ask your instructor to include this in your training.

Stay safe,

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor and Owner
International Krav Maga Federation(IKMF), Toronto

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