I’m not sure about you, but I feel a little nervous when I walk at night and would much rather feel safe at night. Whether it’s running out to the front yard to put trash in the trash can or walking from the grocery store to my car, walking in the dark makes me feel less safe and somewhat wary than it does during the daytime. Being uneasy about going out or walking around at night doesn’t mean you have to stay at home and miss out on good times or activities with family and friends. Here are 5 Ways to Safe at Night.

5 Ways to Stay Safe at Night

1 – Notify. Before traveling or going out anywhere, be sure to tell family and friends where you’re going. Whether it’s a quick text or phone call, be sure to let someone know where you are going and when you’ll be back. When I have family or friends visiting us who leave at night, I always ask them to text or call me when they get home so I know they made it safely.

2 – Plan and Be Aware. When walking at night, have a route in mind of where you’re going. This reduces the chances of you getting lost in an unfamiliar area. By knowing where you’re going, you’ll also feel and look more confident, which decreases your chances of being approached by predators. While many of us are on our cell phones, be sure to pay attention to your surroundings, as well as any suspicious people approaching you or following you. Also, be sure to avoid dark alleys or parking lots and stick to well lit and populated areas.

3 – Cell Phone. Be sure to keep your cell phone charged or have an extra battery pack on hand. This way, you can quickly call for help if you get in trouble. You may also need your phone for GPS to get you where you’re going safely.

4 – Safety in Numbers. If possible, try to go out or walk at night with other people. A predator is often times less likely to approach you or do harm if you are with other people.

5 – Safety Products. Whether you are in your car traveling around or walking at night, there are a variety of Safety Products available. I recently discovered a new company called Sisters in Self-Defense, where you’ll find safety products including their Safe Hearts Parent’s Guide and Children’s book, an auto emergency tool (great for new drivers or any driver for that matter), a handheld alarm (perfect for teens of college kids), and stun guns.

At Sisters in Self-Defense, the goal is to help women and their families stay safe by Equipping, Empowering and Educating. It was started by two sisters (Brittany and Madysen) who have a passion for safety awareness and education. Brittany says, “As a new mom, I quickly realized that I would do anything and everything to empower and protect my daughter. The Safe Hearts line of children’s educational material has a special place in my heart and I wish I could shout it from the roof tops to help every parents empower their child! If we can help protect even one person, we have accomplished our mission.”

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