Have you ever injured yourself and then blushed and thought, “Man, I can’t believe I did that!”
If so, you’re not alone.
It happens to the best of us. And the reason we often feel so stupid afterwards is that, deep down, we know we could have prevented it if we had only been a little more careful.
Indeed, a large portion of the injuries we inflict upon ourselves – or upon others – are generally preventable. While it can certainly be difficult to always be mindful of our actions and our immediate environment, we can train ourselves to be attentive to our actions and engage in some well-considered "best practices" when driving, working, or performing chores around the house.
In the US, at least two infants die every day in fatalities that were completely preventable, but the number of per-day fatalities shoot up dramatically – to 69 – for persons 65 years old or older. No matter what our age, we all have good reason to slow down and scrutinize the safety of our actions.
Check out the resources on the NSC website, where you can assess the greatest risks you face for your age and gender group, download printable resources for improving your safety record, take some inexpensive online courses, and even register for a free online webinar.
While you’re there, take the SafeAtWork pledge, too. I’ve already done it myself, as well as registered for the online webinar.