Parking lot safety
Parking lots can be a safety risk for workers, especially with the sun setting earlier during the winter months.
When you’re returning to your vehicle, always try to walk with a co-worker or security officer, the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety recommends. Then, give your escort a ride back to the building. Other tips:
- Park in a highly visible and well-lit area near your building.
- If you park in a garage, look for a spot near the parking attendant, if there is one, or near the stairs or a well-lit exit.
- Use the main building entrance – avoid rear or secluded exits.
- Have your keys out and ready as you approach your vehicle.
- Don’t approach anyone loitering near your vehicle. Walk to a safe place or go back inside your workplace, and then call the police.
- Lock the doors and keep the windows rolled up once you’re in the vehicle.
If you have to walk alone, follow these five tips:
- Have a co-worker watch you from a window.
- Wave to them on the way to your vehicle.
- Wave even if no one is watching to give the illusion that someone is watching you return to your vehicle.
- Always be alert to your surroundings. Keep your head up and look around.
- Don’t wear headphones or talk on the phone. These devices can create distractions.