Downtown Spokane shares tips during Summer Safety Week

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SPOKANE, Wash. — This week marks Summer Safety Week in downtown Spokane, a time to foster a safer, inviting community for all.

From walking, to driving, to shopping, planning ahead will keep you safe and create a better experience for yourself and others around you.

According to WalkScore.com, downtown Spokane has a walkability score of 86, meaning walkability between downtown destinations is convenient and accessible.

While walking around downtown, it’s important stay alert to prevent bodily injury. Whether you are walking on a busy urban street with sidewalks and crosswalks, or are walking in a largely suburban area that is less densely populated, it is important to remember tips for staying safe.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recommends the following safety tips for pedestrians:

  • Make yourself visible and remain in well-lit areas.
  • Avoid any distractions, including listening to music, talking on the phone, or texting.
  • Follow traffic rules, and pay attention to street signs and signals.
  • Assume that drivers do not see you and take steps to be seen, as well as making eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.
  • Use crosswalks and walk on sidewalks when they are available.
  • Never walk on roads prohibited for pedestrians, such as highways.

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) reminds shoppers to keep these safety tips in mind when out on the town:

  • Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook.
  • Knowing who and what is around you can help you avoid being surprised.
  • Carry only what you need and don’t be overburdened with packages.
  • Request stores to hold your merchandise until you are finished shopping or leave your purchases in the trunk of your car.

Lost or stolen tech items are expensive and inconvenient. Plan ahead documenting serial numbers, as pawn shops and similar stores are required to write down serial numbers of purchased products, so you are able to look up whether your gear was stolen and sold.

You should also plan ahead before having a fun night out. If you are walking, make sure you know your route. If you are getting a ride, make sure the driver stays sober. If you are driving, you are responsible for the safety of your friends.

Here are a few more tips for having a night out:

  • Use the buddy system. Plan ahead by taking a trusted friend who has your best interests in mind. Stay together.
  • Eat and stay hydrated. Alcohol can dehydrate you quickly.
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended. The best way to keep your possessions safe is to leave them at home.
  • Stay by your drinks. Even if you are not drinking alcohol, it is easy for someone to put something in your drink unless you see it opened or prepared. Keep it with you at all times.
  • If you are driving, stay sober and be an extra defensive driver. Others may not be as responsible as you are. If you are walking, be aware that drivers may be distracted or intoxicated. Use extra caution whenever you are crossing a street or near vehicles in motion.
  • Look out for your friends. Even if you are aware of your surroundings, nobody can see everything all the time. Look out for the safety of your friends and talk to them about doing the same for you.

No matter where you are, getting stuck is never fun. Pack emergency gear in your car’s trunk. Fill it with things you may need in an emergency such as a portable battery charger, jumper cables, water bottles, blankets, flares, reflective vests, a first aid kit, bungee cords, changes of clothes, rain poncho, spotlight, fix-a-flat, miniature shovel, umbrella, and even more.

See someone in need? Locate and share community resources with the Downtown Resource Guide, a collaboration between DSP and SNAP.

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