An incessant mistake that joggers or sprinters make is that they turn out to be so engrossed in their physical movement that they neglect to be alarmed and focused on their environment. The following are a progression of personal safety tips for joggers and sprinters:
- Jog or keep running with a known buddy.
- Jog or keep running in an area you know quite well. If not, then explore with precaution.
- Do not run or keep running in a place which has a lot of bushes, is ineffectively lit especially if running or running alone.
- Don’t wear radio or recorder earphones.
- Do not run after dusk.
- Do not run or keep running close hedges, which can give concealment.
- Wear comfortable and bright attire to enhance your visibility.
- Vary your course as you run around.
- Carry pepper spray or high decibel battery controlled personal caution gadget when you run.
- If taken after, go to the closest habitation, open business or a gathering of people.
- Carry your vehicle and/or home key with you.
Protection Against Dogs
Joggers or sprinters frequently encounter unpleasant dogs. If such an experience occurs, the following measures are empowered:
- Stand still and make an effort to be quiet.
- Use paper spray simply in case you are drawn closer by an assaulting pooch.
- Don’t shout at the dog and run.
- Be aware of where the dog is. Look in its general course, but don’t gaze at it. This can be viewed as a forceful test to a dog.
- Let the dog sniff you.
- In a low voice say something like: “No, Go Home”
- Back away gradually until the point that it is far away.
- If a dog attacks, try to give it a piece of your cloth to chew upon – this may even buy you some precious time.
- Fight back if you are in a position to do so.
- If you are thumped down or fall, position yourself into a ball and keep your hands over your ears and face.
- Try not to shout or move around.