I am trying to make the point that we must (form habit) follow certain steps to do certain things so that accidents do not happen.

For example, If I am moving something hot I must make a sound, look left and right or something like that every time whether someone is there or not, whether I feel it necessary or not. I can not skip doing it just because no one else is here today, or I feel there is no risk.

What would be the most appropriate word for it?

I came up with -

We must follow "Rules"
We must follow "Protocol"
We must follow "Instruction"
We must follow "Guideline"
We must follow "Best Practice"
We must follow "Standard"

But it does not sound right.

  • All of those ideas speak of a formalised laid-down procedure. Your preamble, however, suggests informality - "form habit to". It might help if you would tell us more about why you are writing this, and to whom it is addressed.
    – WS2
    Commented May 10, 2018 at 5:46
  • I am advising my family member in an informal setting.
    – user297866
    Commented May 10, 2018 at 5:49
  • What I am trying to say is We must follow "Best Practice" to avoid remotely possible accidents in a more generic term.
    – user297866
    Commented May 10, 2018 at 6:04
  • If I were talking to my intimate family, I certainly wouldn't use any of those expressions - they would sound quite pompous and inept. I would say something like: When moving something hot it is a good idea to state loudly what you are about to do, and look around to ensure no one is in the way. To insist on it being routine even if there is no one else in the house sounds a little like a case of OCD.
    – WS2
    Commented May 10, 2018 at 11:53

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"Follow safe practices."

Safety is the state of being "safe" (from French sauf), the condition of being protected from harm or other non-desirable outcomes.

Safe Work Practices/Safe Job Procedures for addressing significant hazards

In plain language, meant literally, just

play (or play it) safe (or for safety)
Take precautions; avoid risks.
‘I think we'll play safe and get another set of X-rays done’

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