Dailey Muse: We Can’t Miss the Point for Safety Sake
“There is nothing common about common sense.” ~anon
Common sense is critical for our safety. In fact, more and more accidents are caused by human error.
Distracted by remote risks, anxiety, and fear, we can overlook obvious and more serious hazards. Fear – sometimes common but not always making sense – can cause poor and unsafe decisions.
There is so much sensational news reported on TV, in newspapers, and along the Internet. Nevertheless, safer people will read beyond the headlines. Evidently, smarter people learn how and manage stress. To illustrate this point, without motivation, nothing in the world would happen. Fear and ignorance would bring everything to a stop.
Take for instance that in the home, more injuries happen in the kitchen, and secondly, inside the bathroom. Your fear may lead you to want to stay in bed but… accidents happen in beds, too.
In fact, by taking a page out of Laura Lee’s book…
An annual average 28,000 Britons suffered knife wounds in the kitchen while during the same period 96,000 people visited the ER after an accident occurred while ‘sleeping, relaxing, or lying down’.
Risk would be elevated in the kitchen because of a multitude of hazards. What is risky is a physical environment with multiple gas and electrical appliances, poorly stored utensils, ignoring safety techniques and health warnings, a ceiling fan, kids constantly running through, spoiled food, foul tap water, slippery floors, no stepstool, swinging doors, cats and dogs, mold and bacteria, deep fat fryer, burning candles, rubbernecking, no first aid kit, no sprinklers or fire extinguishers, cooks in high heels, excessive alcohol consumption, flammables and combustibles, poor housekeeping, and simply not using safety devices.
Believe that more than 93% of accidents can be prevented. Everyone’s attitude is important.
Even consider common things that may occur more than three times a day – eating. Eating bagels could potentially tear up your esophagus, ruin a marriage, loose a finger, or land you in jail (poppy seeds will result in a false positive for marijuana). Smart people will refrain from swallowing large pieces of bagel. Following safe knife procedures, paying attention to what is being done, and using kitchen utensils appropriate for the task can eliminate cutting off fingers. Losing a digit, going to prison, or choking to death would become a ‘deal breaker’ for a happy marriage.
You might think that finding a quiet activity is safer than exercising or flying in a plane. It may be said that is not always true.
Books can be hazardous, too? Certainly, books injured 2,707 Brits more in one year. Those incidents were greater than the number of people hurt by handling training weights in the gym. Reading? Sure, in addition to eye strain, moving books lead to back injuries. Stored books can fall on you. Dust on the pages of older books includes respiratory allergens.
Risk is inherent in living. No one can really live a life without exposure to risk.
Culture determines human common sense. I urge people to develop their cultural common sense.
- Think Before Acting
- Plan for Contingencies
- Learn More
- Improve Constantly
Take another example, this one is about bears. People are more likely to be hurt by a Teddy Bear than a Grizzly Bear. No kidding. It is true that between 1906 and 1995 in the U.S., there were 82 deaths (in 89 years) from bear attacks. Toys account for at least 22 deaths every year.
Consider the small parts of the Teddy Bear that might be ingested or other hazardous situations. They are combustible, too. Adults have been hurt slipping, tripping, or falling due to stuffed toys. The dear Teddy Bear can spread contamination like lice, conjunctivitis, viruses, and bacteria.
What’cha going to do?!?
- Think about getting age-appropriate toys, storing them safely, and providing supervision during play.
- Learn from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other sources about toy safety.
- Practice the CPSC’s recommendations, other parents’ good ideas, and doctors’ orders.
- Decide on a Family Emergency Plan. Consider what should be done during and after the emergency event. Include prevention measures.
- Practice the plan.
- Learn more about household hazards, potential disasters, and whatever can be done for safety sake.
- Maintain implementing improvements.
- Don’t worry so much. In reality, you are more prepared than you used to be. Don’t sweat the small stuff that will stress you out. Don’t get distracted. Don’t make decisions out of fear. Don’t panic during emergencies. Don’t focus on things that probably will never hurt you and yours.
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~ copyright 2012 ~
Max’s Scout Services & Communications, LLC
[ ‘for musement only’ ]
 Laura Lee, 100 Most Dangerous Things in Everyday Life and What You Can Do About Them (2004 Broadway Books)