We live in a world with lots of regulation. Some of it is good, and some of it contributes to our safety. But there is only so much that can be done by others to assure we never get hurt. The most important ingredient is the choice we make when dealing with risk. And by the way, you deal with risk every day, you just might not be aware of it.
So here are a few everyday situations that you might think about – or maybe you don’t!
- Driving. Most of the time, we take this for granted. But staying off the cell phone, keeping basic systems in good order – and even replacing your wipers once in a while – can make a big difference.
- Food preparation. Keep surfaces clean, avoid transfer of bacteria from uncooked food to your hands, countertops, and utensils. Also, when you are using sharp knives, pay attention and avoid distractions.
- Stairways. Simple, I know, but using the handrail can significantly reduce the likelihood of a fall.
- Non-routine tasks. Changing a light bulb in a ceiling fan? Get a good ladder or stepstool, not a chair. Using harsh chemicals to clean? Protect your hands.
- Yardwork. Substantial shoes are important in operating any power equipment. Good leather gloves for handling brush are a big plus.
From your own experience, what other risks do we face on a regular basis?
As always, let’s be careful out there.
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