Build up Your Vocabulary for IELTS – Key Word: safety


1          Verb + safety

Use the correct form of these verbs:

compromise                guarantee        improve           reach

  1. Army officers told the journalists it was such a dangerous area that they could not ______________ their safety.
  2. The refugees walked for nearly a week until they ______________ safety.
  3. Railway companies have dismissed fears that staff cuts will ______________ safety. They say they are not putting profit before people’s lives.
  4. These new measures are designed to ______________ safety in our schools.

2          Expressions with prepositions

Complete the sentences with these expressions:

for the safety of

from the safety of

for your own safety

in safety

to safety

  1. In the crowded streets of the city centre it is difficult to find a place where children can play ______________ .
  2. The boat sank about a hundred metres from the shore, but we all managed to swim______________ .
  3. The police are concerned ______________ a three-year-old boy who has been missing for two days.
  4. In the safari park you can watch the lions ______________ your car.
  5. Smoking and the use of mobile phones are not permitted on board this plane ______________ .

3          Safety + noun

Complete the sentences below with these nouns:

features                       precautions                 procedures

reasons                        regulations                  record

  1. Farmers need to take safety ____________ and wear protective clothing when spraying pesticides onto their crops.
  2. The area in the park near where the children play has been fenced off for safety ____________ .
  3. This hall does not conform to safety ____________. That’s why we can’t let the public use it.
  4. Very stringent safety checks are carried out on all our planes. That’s why this airline has such an excellent safety ____________ .
  5. Our engineers have incorporated all the latest safety____________ into the design of this car.
  6. As the plane prepared for take-off, the cabin crew demonstrated the safety ____________ .

4          Noun + preposition + safety

Cross out the wrong preposition in these sentences:

  1. There is growing concern about / on the safety of mobile phones.
  2. German cars have a reputation on / for safety and reliability.
  3. In the interests of / in safety, smoking is forbidden in the cinema.
  4. This latest accident has raised doubts in / about the safety of the aircraft.
  5. The firemen led the women out of the burning building to a place of / in safety.
  6. With no thought to / of her own safety, she dived into the river to save the drowning child.


1.         Note this expression:

There’s safety in numbers, so it’s better to walk home with a friend late at night.

2.         Note these adjective collocations:

The thick glass walls allow you to watch these wild animals in perfect / complete safety.

The car is fitted with side bars for extra safety.

3.         Note this expression:

The fireman carried the child to safety.

4.         Note the following noun collocations:

All employees are issued with health and safety guidelines.

The reduction in the speed limit is part of a new road safety campaign.

5.         By law, companies have to have a ‘Health and Safety’ expert, who is responsible for all matters relating to the safety of employees.



Ex 1: 1. guarantee 2. reached 3. compromise 4. improve

Ex 2:

  1. in safety
  2. to safety
  3. for the safety of
  4. from the safety of
  5. for your own safety

Ex 3: 1. precautions 2. reasons 3. regulations 4. record 5.      features 6. procedures

Ex 4:

  1. concern about
  2. reputation for
  3. interests of
  4. doubts about
  5. place of
  6. thought of

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